“I’ve been training with injuries for this whole camp, and I’ve been trying to just work around them,” Ruediger wrote. “One injury that has been giving me daily issues was a groin strain. This happened about three weeks ago [while I was] wrestling. I was wrapping it and just enduring the pain, but Wednesday, I was back to wrestling, and my groin tore all the way through. As I laid on the mat, I knew it was bad, but it wasn’t until Friday that I realized that it would be impossible to be ready for my upcoming bout.”
Winless in two appearances inside the Octagon, Ruediger submitted to an armbar from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 semi-finalist Joe Lauzon at UFC 118 in August. The defeat snapped a six-fighting winning streak for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. No replacement has been named for Ruediger, who once held the World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight championship.
“Leading up to this injury, I was training very hard and felt very confident that I would be well prepared for my bout against a tough Paul Kelly,” Ruediger wrote. “I was motivated to come out and have a great performance after my last lackluster one. The fact that the UFC gave me another chance was appreciated, and I wanted to make the most of it. Now, I will just rest, deal with the frustration and disappointment, heal up and get back to work. I’m hoping with proper rehab to be back as soon as possible.”