Update: Bulging Disk Knocks Horodecki Out of Affliction
By: Loretta Hunt Jan 21, 2009
Lightweight entry Chris
Horodecki will not be able to compete at this Saturday’s
Affliction “Day of Reckoning” at the Honda Center in Anaheim,
Calif., Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio
confirmed to Sherdog.com on Wednesday.
Horodecki, who attended a press conference in Los Angeles on
Wednesday morning for the blockbuster event, will not be
re-licensed by the California State Athletic Commission in time to
face UFC veteran Dan Lauzon
due to an injury sustained in training.
"Chris has a bulging disk in the base of his neck," Horodecki's
head trainer and manager Shawn
Tompkins told Sherdog.com Wednesday evening. "It's restricting
80 percent of his strength in his right arm and the doctors
wouldn't approve [the fight]."
Tompkins said rumors that the 21-year-old Canadian had failed a
neurological exam were completely false.
The baby-faced Horodecki (12-1) fought last in California for the
International Fight League in March 2007.
CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas said Atencio and
himself are working closely to exhaust all efforts to find a
suitable replacement in time to salvage the featured lightweight
bout that was to have kicked off a stacked pay-per-view.
“Affliction has been phenomenal during this licensing process, so
when something like this happens, we can all keep moving and we
will do everything we can to try and assist them as much as
possible,” said Douglas from the CSAC’s Sacramento office Wednesday
TJ DeSantis contributed to this report.
Note: This article was updated at 10:23 EST on Jan. 21 with info
that it was a bulging disk knocking Horodecki off the card.