I’ve always wondered when he’d break down. Well, it’s finally happened:
This past Monday on his blog the 160-pound Kobayashi wrote, “My jaw refused to fight anymore.”
The defending champion currently is being treated for arthritis in his temporomandibular joint, which has left him in such diminished condition that his jaw opening is currently no wider than one fingertip.
He added, “I was continuing my training and bearing with the pain and finally I destroyed my jaw.”