Jack Shore Sidelined With Injury, But Says He’s Ready To ‘Step Up In Competition’
Jack Shore came out of UFC Vegas 36 a winner, but it came with a cost.
Shore (15-0) defeated Liudvik Sholinian via unanimous decision earlier this month on the Derek Brunson versus Darren Till card. He remains undefeated, but it’s unclear when he will be back to training sessions or the octagon.
“Broken thumb, I think I did that in the first round,” Shore said. “I think it happened because my shoulder, I was in so much pain throwing with the shoulder, I wasn’t throwing my left tidy, I couldn’t get my elbow in enough and I ended up obviously cracking him with the side of my hand and completely snapping my thumb at the base.
“I’m six weeks in a cast with that now and waiting on an MRI scan next week to see the full extent of the damage on the shoulder,” he added. “Considering it was a pretty straightforward victory, it’s probably the most banged up I’ve been coming out of a fight to be honest.”
He injured his arm before his fight. He was going to cancel the battle, but as soon as this fight was supposed to start, he decided to remain on the card and fight.
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“As soon as I went back to the corner at the end of the first round the pain was just getting worse and worse as the fight was going on, every jab I was throwing it would get more restricted,” Shore said.
“By the end of the third, I couldn’t clench my fist because of the thumb and I couldn’t lift my arm because of the shoulder,” he added.
“But the wrestling and the grappling was something I had to avoid dearly. Being against such a good wrestler as well, it was starting to get a little bit edgy in the mind towards the end of the second and the third when he started to shoot the takedowns because I had no strength.”
Shore was supposed to matchup against Said Nurmagomedov, but it was cancelled. He was then supposed to face Zviad Lazishvili, former LFA champion, who signed in the UFC to share the octagon, but Lazishvili suffered injury too.
Shore, 26, named his desired rivals: Cody Stamann, Song Yadong and Raphael Assuncao.
“Especially after Saturday, I feel like I’m ready for that step up in competition, especially someone like Assuncao who’s been there, seen it, done it with all the top names,” Shore said. “… That’s what I want next, that’s what I’m gonna be pushing for.”