(So you’re saying you have no idea how you caught hepatitis, Vitor? No idea whatsoever?)
If MMA has a Job figure, Vitor Belfort is it. The man who famously “expect Jesus bro, every day” has suffered everything from personal tragedies, to injuries, to disappointing matchups, to freakish, one-in-a-million knockout losses. An agonizing liver disease is the last thing he needs at this point. But as always, God works in mysterious ways. Belfort broke the news yesterday evening via Twitter:
“I have hepatitis a. This thing hurt so bad I pray that God will take [care] off me . Don’t forget to pray for me…Guys I just want to let u know that this hepatitis A is easy to treat so don’t worry guys in 2 weeks I am back in the gym…Sorry Canada I will not be able to be there but I am sure u guys will have the best time in life…I love Jesus. I know that this will make me more strong then before, please God burn hepatitis and send her to hell”
According to Belfort’s representative Pedro Lima, doctors are unsure how Belfort caught Hepatitis A — which is generally transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or water or through contact with an infected person — but the Phenom’s upcoming fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama should still proceed as planned.