Travis Clark's return to the cage has suffered another setback.
"The Terror" reportedly injured his left knee during training recently in preparation for Saturday's Caged Fury 20 inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
I've got MCL tears in both knees, but my left knee injury determined my pulling out of the upcoming 205-pound fight," Clark said via cell phone Saturday afternoon. "I've been battling an MCL tear in my right knee all through camp.
"It's tough," Clark said of the decision not to compete. "It's horrible. I needed to get back in the ring for so many different reasons, the main being for my late mother. I wanted to honor her and show people that you can overcome just about everything if you put your mind to it.
"I'm disappointed and hurt," the 33-year-old added. "But something good will come out of this."
"The Terror" estimates that it will take him somewhere between 6-8 months to get back into fighting condition.
"I've been told that an MCL requires rest and rehabilitation," he said. "I hope I don't need surgery, but if I do, then we'll get it taken care of and we'll be back. I've got some goals that I haven't reached just yet."
Bevan Gets a Fight
In good news, Bridgeport native Todd Bevan has finally found someone to step into the octagon against him, and he is a worthy opponent.
Khama Worthy is scheduled to meet Bevan in Night of Champions 2012 inside the Medina Community Center in Medina, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 15.
"I know he is the reigning 155 pound champion," the unbeaten Bevan (9-0) said Saturday afternoon of his opponent. "He's got my respect already."
Worthy defeated Frank Sloan for the 155-pound title during Night of Champions 2011. Bevan won the 170-pound title that night.
"He's tough," Bevan noted. "I saw him fight Josh (Baker) at a Cage of Chaos 12 a couple of years ago." Baker won a unanimous 5-round decision.
According to the NAAFS web site, Worthy is 1-1 as a professional. Bevan checks in at 9-0.
Bevan has kept in shape by competing in Ju Jitsu tournaments. He recently captured a pair of gold medals during the Western Pennsylvania state championships.
He prevailed in the Purple Belt Division and the Nogi advanced division.
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