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Six MMA Fighters Who Fought Through Illness and Won

(Eder Jones wins fight, loses pie-eating contest.)

This Friday marks the official start of Autumn, and like clockwork, I’m catching a goddamned cold. There’s something about the change of seasons that seems to wreck my immune system, which has grown frail due to a life of solitary blogging and poor hygeine. So as I chug my Airborne/orange juice cocktail, let’s all take inspiration in these six men, who were way worse-off than I am now, and still managed to kick ass.

vs. Thomas Denny @ UCC 12, 1/25/03

Method of victory: TKO (cut), 4:45 of round 2
In his own words: ”I took the fight and I was really sick. I was so sick, after the first round I thought I was going to fall unconscious. And I told my cornerman, I’m like, listen, when the second round will start I will try a high kick in the beginning and if I don’t knock out my opponent, I want you to throw the towel. My cornerman look up at me like this, he said ‘Georges, I don’t have a towel, you’re gonna die in the ring.’

And I got so angry, I was like, I can’t believe this guy, he’s supposed to be my friend, he wants me to die in the ring. So I stood up, I hear the [bell], I fought through it, and by some kind of miracle I was able to cut the guy and to TKO him and the referee stopped the fight. I was completely exhausted. That was my toughest fight.”

vs. Aaron Brink @ IFC: Warriors Challenge 11, 1/13/01

Method of victory: TKO (foot injury), 2:42 of round 1; later changed to a no contest
In his own words: “That’s the first time that somebody had flown me out to an event. At the time, the IFC was a California-based organization, and Aaron Brink was a California guy, so I was pretty much brought in to lose. But the interesting thing about that fight is I had gotten very sick beforehand. I was sitting in my hotel room about an hour-and-a-half before the event started, and I had over a 104-degree fever. I skipped the rules meeting, skipped all this stuff and basically just showed up to fight. And you can tell by looking at me on the tape that I was definitely not feeling good.

That was a long night of my life. And that’s actually when Monte Cox started managing me, after that fight. He and I had been at several shows together — I knew who he was, he knew who I was — and he liked me, and he said, ‘I pretty much saw you make about the stupidest decision you’ve ever made in your life tonight. If you’re interested, I’d be willing to manage you and make sure that things like that don’t continue to happen.’”

vs. Mark Hominick @ UFC 129, 4/30/11

Method of victory:
Unanimous decision
F*ck antibiotics: Following the fight, Aldo complained to his corner that he should have taken antibiotics, to which his cornerman replied, “Antibiotics would not have helped at all, you’re the champion kid, fuck antibiotics, everything is okay. You fought well, smooth and composed.”
In his coach’s words: ”(Aldo) suffered a cut in one of his toes a week before the fight and got it infected with a bacteria. He was taking a dose of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for three days, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the fight so he’d not need to take anything else close to Saturday. I can’t say with 100% certainty that it affected his performance because I’m not a doctor. I give Hominick a lot more credit for enduring the fight than the fact that Aldo took these medications.”

vs. Dong Hyun Kim @ UFC 132, 7/2/11

Method of victory: KO, 2:58 of round 1
In his own words: [two weeks before Kim fight] ”My stomach was all fucked up, bro. The first couple days I was throwing up, my stomach hurt bad. I couldn’t sleep at night…This is my first day back training since probably last Friday, so it’s been seven days. I went to a friend’s wedding in Vegas last weekend, and I’m not exactly sure whether I ate something or whether I picked something up or what, but I got really sick. I was throwing up for a few days and was just, I was pretty messed up. I wasn’t able to eat or train for quite a while.”
Greg Jackson adds:  “It was so bad we were contemplating canceling the fight, just because he was really, really sick, he lost some weight, he’s not being able to train, and we’re really close to the fight, so it’s very dangerous. So we’ll see how it goes, and if he starts improving we’ll keep him in.”

vs. Ricardo Romero @ UFC 126, 2/5/11

Method of victory: TKO, 0:21 of round 1
In his own words: “I actually had a really bad fever the night before the fight. I did a steam room that I’m not used to doing to cut weight because I came in at about 224.5 (pounds) at the beginning of the week on Tuesday, and I like to be about 220.

So they have the nice salon down there at Mandalay Bay, and I hit that up. I was hitting the steam room, and I got a little moisture in my lungs. I was thinking nothing of it, but a couple days went by, and it got worse…Later that night I sweat the bed so bad. I had a fever. I’m still recovering from it…I haven’t really been able to celebrate my win. I haven’t felt that victory yet just because I’ve been so under the weather.”

vs. Assuerio Silva @ Ultimate Fight Night 3, 1/16/06

Method of victory: Unanimous decision
In his own words: “Not taking anything away from Assuerio, he’s a tough dude, obviously. I hit him a couple of times and couldn’t finish him. I was really sick for the fight. I got really sick Saturday and had problems holding my innards. When I was warming up, I had a few problems, and I actually had a few problems in the ring when I was fighting.

I don’t know what it was. It got really cold when we were outside working out and stuff, going back and forth from the room. I caught something, and I just couldn’t hold in my number twos…If you look at the fight you’ll see that when my shorts came down, you’ll see the wet mark in my underwear.”


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danomite- September 21, 2011 at 8:21 am
stop stealing my material slut!
ajaykumar- September 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm
what about all those times Tank Abott fought with a hangover?
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Todd M- September 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Whoops D- for me as well, You were looking for fighters that won
Todd M- September 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Leben and the case of spoiled Gummy Bears?
Rampages Conscience- September 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm
danomite almost made me go the way of Timmay after I read his comment.
RSparrow- September 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm
+1 Danomite
Until he learned to just keep the buzz going
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 11:13 am
Without a doubt, my young sister and best friend came down with leukemia within a year to the day. One is doing well, the other isn't.
After witnessing the multiple rounds of chemo-therapy first hand, the cage is one tough challenge with such a disease.
Failure to mention Baker earns the "D-" of the day.
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 11:08 am
I'd never seen this fight....You mean Rich Franklin actually wore a color besides pink into the ring?
danomite- September 20, 2011 at 11:00 am
what about all those times Tank Abott fought with a hangover?
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 10:36 am
WOW...George Safe Pierre actually said something tough before a fight
Old_Bald_and_Irish- September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am
GHHHAAAAA....I really DID NOT need to read the "Tihmay" story!
ReX13- September 20, 2011 at 9:57 am
Uh, so... Bryan Baker fighting through leukemia didn't make the list?
jimbonics- September 20, 2011 at 9:35 am
Try Ipecac, Ben. I hear that shit works wonders. You'll be feeling better in no time.
rampage01- September 20, 2011 at 9:30 am
and people are saying gsp ain't tough, fuck the haters
DangadaDang- September 20, 2011 at 9:10 am
Are we overlooking the horrific case of pink eye that GSP had against Jake Shields?
ExpectJesusBro- September 20, 2011 at 8:48 am
imagine an inverted triagle choke with captian shitmypants...
ExpectJesusBro- September 20, 2011 at 8:45 am
hahaha... taco always brings the funny.
ExpectJesusBro- September 20, 2011 at 8:44 am
Wow. i feel bad for Tim. disgusting.
Fried Taco- September 20, 2011 at 8:36 am
You forgot all of Tito's wins.
noname- September 20, 2011 at 8:35 am
I wonder how often fighters either piss or shit themselves in the cage. Think about it they have to hold it in for 15-25 minutes, I probably could even hold it in for one minute if someone was punching my face and I had to take a dump.
italia furia- September 20, 2011 at 8:01 am
"If you look at the fight you’ll see that when my shorts came down, you’ll see the wet mark in my underwear.”

Wonder if there was a repeat performance at the end of his fight w/ Fedor....
Yazloz18- September 20, 2011 at 7:59 am
Timmy shitting his pants. Classic