Morning Report: Drakkar Klose nearly retired over Jeremy Stephens’ shove: ‘I’m still not 100 percent’


A year after Drakkar Klose’s canceled Jeremy Stephens bout, he’s still feeling the effects of the weigh-in shove that called things off in the first place.

Klose, 34, has had three fight cancelations since his Mar. 2020 epic with Beneil Dariush. Looking to rebound off the second-round knockout loss, the South Haven, Michigan native will return against Brandon Jenkins at UFC Vegas 51 this Saturday night. Unfortunately for Klose, he admits to not being fully fit to compete.

Stephens’ shove at UFC Vegas 24’s official weigh-ins left Klose unable to make the walk the night after as he suffered a cervical sprain of the neck and a concussion. Klose revealed to reporters that he worried about his future and was afraid he might never be able to fight again.

“The damage was done, I’m still not 100 percent from that. It’s something I will probably need surgery on eventually,” Klose told “I told myself if I have to get surgery, I’m just going to call it quits. I’m just trying to control it, do therapy, and everything else. I did think that was going to be the end of me. It was a serious problem. I had terrible headaches and neck issues. My doctor suggested that I fuse my neck. I was not interested in hearing this. I want to go out on my terms, I don’t want to go out with the doctor telling me I can’t do this. It was a herniated disc, C6, C7, as soon as it happened my whole arm went numb, and later that night, things weren’t right and I woke up couldn’t open my eyes, a real bad headache.”

Klose’s loss to Dariush was only the second in his 14-fight career. Klose is showing real promise in the Octagon with wins over Lando Vannata and Bobby Green.

When it comes to sympathy received from the promotion, Klose didn’t feel much was received. It was actually the exact opposite.

“There’s a lot more stuff I might say after I quit fighting, but they pay me so that my mouth will stay shut,” Klose stated. They gave me their show money, but never spoke to me. To me, it’s kind of ridiculous, he really f***** me up. I can remember crying on the way home from that fight. I don’t even know why, but it was so overwhelming. They don’t even care that it’s their business, so they will take over my place .”



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