UFC fighter Corey Hill’s comeback from a severely broken leg suffered a setback last night as he lost out to Mark Holst in the main event of XKL Evolution 1.
Hill suffered a horrific leg-break at the UFC’s Fight For The Troops event back in December of ’08 which almost ended his career, but after a long and arduous battle back to fitness he made a successful return to action in January against Jason Trzewieczynski.
Unfortunately for Hill he was unable to pick up back-to-back wins despite a solid performance at the XKL event. He started of well, taking his opponent to the mat and landing some punches and elbows from top position to win the round.
The second round began much the same way with Hill again in control, though Holst began to threaten more with a guillotine and an armbar attempt. With a third round looming Host successfully managed to secure a kimura and earn the victory.
The win takes Holst’s record to 8-1, while Hill moves to 3-3. Where Hill goes from here is unclear at this stage. He remains under contract with the UFC, but was given permission to fight in smaller shows to get him fully prepared for a return to the octagon.
I would expect that the UFC will give him every opportunity to get back to where he was before his injury, but despite that there’s no doubt last night’s result will have been a major disappointment for Hill.
Note: Despite the poster showing a number of familiar faces, only Ricco Rodriguez remained on the XKL event last night, earning a victory over Bryan Ryan.