Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fans who have been waiting for Robert Drysdale, the submissions specialist, to make his UFC debut are going to have to hold their breath for a little longer. Drysdale, who was scheduled for his first UFC fight against light heavyweight Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163, is reportedly withdrawing due to a staph infection. Drysdale is currently 6-0 in his pro MMA career, and is a well-seasoned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion, being a 3 time BJJ world champion and ADCC grappling champion. The fight was scheduled to take place in Brazil, where Drysdale spent a good deal of his childhood, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen his Jiu Jitsu game.
Drysdale’s withdrawal is the second major disappointment to his fans, as well as being the second departure has had to make due to health reasons. He was previously booked to make an appearance on The Ultimate Fighter, but due to medical issues was forced to pull out. Hopefully we will see him make a speedy recovery and re-enter the octagon soon, preferably under promotion of the UFC.