The UFC is a hard-hitting place the place fighters are all however assured to undergo some bodily trauma throughout their careers. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has grow to be an more and more obvious subject involved sports activities. From the NFL to Muay Thai, athletes are succumbing to this extreme, neurodegenerative subject in alarming numbers.
Symptoms of CTE embody temper swings, amnesia, issue concentrating, dizziness and, finally, dementia. While an entire analysis can solely be carried out autopsy, docs are sometimes capable of determine it via the signs it causes.
CTE impacts those that’ve sustained repeated blows to the top all through their lives. Because of this, athletes involved sports activities are a few of the most at-risk people. Currently, there isn’t any official therapy used to assist victims of the illness.
Here are three former UFC fighters who struggled with CTE:
#3. Former UFC gentle heavyweight fighter Renatu Sobral
UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator MMA journeyman Renatu ‘Babalu’ Sobral (37-12) suffered seven knockouts throughout his 16-year profession. The harm achieved to his mind from the fixed trauma of getting hit led to him struggling with CTE.
Sobral has been struggling with quite a lot of cognitive points for years now. These embody seizures, sensory impairments, stability points and reminiscence issues. The punishment Sobral endured over his profession has additionally rendered him blind in his left eye.
A former Strikeforce gentle heavyweight champion, Sobral’s UFC report was 6-Four together with a submission win over Chael Sonnen and a TKO loss to Chuck Lidell. A grasp of Luta Livre – a kind of Brazilian submission wrestling – Sobral additionally holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He retired from the game in 2013 after struggling back-to-back TKO losses in Bellator.
#2. Former UFC heavyweight fighter Tim Hague
Canadian heavyweight Tim Hague’s life got here to an abrupt and surprising conclusion on June 18, 2017. Two days previous to his premature passing, Hague (21-13) had been knocked out chilly by CFL defensive end-turned boxer Adam Braidwood. The harm from Braidwood’s ferocious pictures precipitated Hague to undergo a deadly mind hemorrhage at simply 34 years previous.
A purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hague relied closely on his energy within the cage and was an environment friendly wrestler on the mat. His majority resolution loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 is commonly considered one of the controversial selections in UFC historical past. Joe Rogan even went so far as to deride the choice on air on the time.
Hague’s household finally sued the City of Edmonton, K.O. Boxing Canada and the Edmonton Combat Sports Commission for gross negligence. The wrongful dying lawsuit led to the revelation that Hague had CTE. The discovery was made throughout his post-mortem. Having suffered a number of brutal KO losses in the direction of the tip of his MMA profession, Hague might nicely have been quietly struggling for years earlier than his dying.
#1. Former UFC light-weight fighter Spencer Fisher
The fan favorite ‘Porkchop’ has been struggling with more and more extreme neurological points for years now. Fisher, a three-time UFC ‘Fight of the Night’ winner, retired from the game after a three-match skid.
Growing up, Fisher was a scholar of Jeet Kune Do and Shotokan Karate. From there, Fisher finally took up boxing earlier than shifting into MMA full time.
Having sustained a number of concussions over the course of his combating profession, Fisher has been left unable to finish common day by day duties. During medical examinations of his situation, it was revealed that Fisher (24-9) couldn’t tandem stroll or hop on one foot.
On a day-to-day foundation, Fisher is susceptible to affected by reminiscence loss, dizziness, melancholy and extreme complications. ‘The King’ has tried to make some earnings by teaching MMA lessons at a close-by health club in recent times. Unfortunately, the debilitating nature of his signs usually get in the way in which of him with the ability to conduct them persistently.
When requested concerning the tragic state of Fisher’s well being earlier this 12 months, UFC president Dana White acknowledged:
“He’s not the primary and he’s undoubtedly not going to be the final. This is a contact sport and anyone who’s achieved this youthful, myself included, is dealing with mind points. It’s a part of the gig.”
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