Alexander Shlemenko: UFC fighters are using injuries to avoid bad match-upsPosted on August 13, 2012, 11:25 AM by Anton Gurevich
“I can tell you for sure, 100%, I know why there are so many injuries. I personally find UFC fights not as exciting because of all those injuries. There are a lot of background tactics around who’s fighting who; fighters are trying really hard to have a good record in the UFC. If you’ve been offered to fight someone who’s considered a bad match-up, then it’s pretty easy to say ‘hey, I’m injured’.
For example, they offered Brian Stann to fight Hector Lombard. He got injured, and then the next thing you know – he’s fighting Michael Bisping. I can see the logic – for Brian Stann it makes more sense to fight Bisping, he’s simply more popular in the UFC than Hector Lombard. That’s why beating Bisping means more than beating Lombard, who's a risky opponent.
You can fake every injury. Just tell [UFC doctors] about the symptoms and that’s it.” - ValeTudo.ru
Two-time Bellator Middleweight tournament winner, Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko, offered his explanation for the ongoing injury crisis in the UFC.
Shlemenko was in action at last weekend's S-70 World MMA Tournament in Sochi, Russia. This was his first fight after suffering from a broken collarbone back in April (car accident). Storm defeated Strikeforce veteran Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision, going 46-7 in his Mixed Martial Arts career. Fighting out of Omsk, Russia, Shlemenko will square off against Maiquel Falcao for Bellator Middleweight title in the upcoming Season Seven of Bellator Fighting Championship series.