Sean Loeffler suffered the worst of freak accidents last night.
Literally minutes before his UFC debut, the 25-5 middleweight was warming up backstage when he managed to sustain an injury so bad it prevented him fighting. The fight was pulled on a momentās notice, leaving Loeffler distraught and the card one fight down.
But the UFC was not as upset as Loeffler; recognising that these things happen they paid him his fight purse anyway and they also paid his opponent - fellow newcomer Buddy Roberts - both his show and win money.
Fighters Only spoke to Loeffler earlier via his management:
āI was doing ātuck jumpsā backstage. My foot got caught in a crack in the warm-up mat, and it rolled over and snapped in half. Trevor Wittman and Urijah Faber were thereā¦the whole locker room heard it pop,ā he explained.
āThe ankleās not broken. Itās a 3rd degree fibula/tibia strain. Thereās about a 50/50 chance Iāll have surgery, but we wonāt know until after I get an MRI. I donāt know how long Iāll be out, but Joe Silva has told me that I am 100% a UFC fighter, and that Iāll be back with them.ā
āYes, itās true. I very much appreciate that,ā he said when asked if it was true the UFC had paid him anyway.
āIād like to thank Dana White, Joe Silva, and the rest of the UFC for standing by me through this. They paid me my show money even though I got injured. I appreciate that so much, and I wonāt forget it. And to the fans, I will be back, better than ever, as soon as possible.ā
āIām in the UFC to stay, and even though the ankle injury sucked, it shows that everything I do will always be memorable - ha!ā
In situations where injury cancels a projected match, the UC often rearranges the fight for another date. But Roberts is fully fit and ready to go whereas Loeffler is on the sidelines for at least four months. The fight was not critical in ranking or contender terms so Roberts is likely to be matched elsewhere.
āAs far as I know, Buddy is healthy, so I doubt theyāre going to make him wait for me. I have no idea who the UFC wants for me next, regardless. I need to get healthy and then weāll deal with it,ā concurs the luckless Loeffler.
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