Robert Drysdale Out Of UFC 163 Fight Due To Staph Infection


Robert Drysdale will have to wait a bit longer to make his UFC debut.

The light heavyweight has been forced to pull out of a scheduled bout against Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163 on Aug. 3 in Rio de Janeiro.

The reason for the withdrawal is reportedly a staph infection. A staph infection is caused by a Staphylococcus (or “staph”) bacteria. The foot is very prone to picking up bacteria from the floor. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant infections are more common in North America, because of our overuse of antibiotics.

Drysdale, 32, is a jiu-jitsu instructor and one of the most well-decorated practitioners of the discipline in the world. He has compiled a 6-0 record with six submission wins since turning pro in mixed martial arts in 2010.