Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was patting itself on the back last week after pledging $1 million to the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, a donation to help fund research into the effects of head trauma in combat sports.
Not long after, retired UFC lightweight Spencer Fisher came forward to share his story of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) following several years of caged combat, enough to leave him permanently disabled and unable to work.
All part of the job, according to promotion president Dana White.
“Listen, (Fisher)’s not the first, and he’s definitely not going to be the last,” White told MMA Junkie. “This is a contact sport, and everybody who’s ever done this (while) younger, myself included, is dealing with brain issues. It’s just part of the gig.”
I guess Joe Rogan was right all along.
Fisher is just one of several UFC veterans like Krzysztof Soszynski, who was forced to hang ups the gloves as a result of brain injuries. As fans of professional football already know, the problem is not confined to mixed martial arts (MMA) but to date, very little progress has been made in the way of treatment.
Probably because it's JuSt PaRt Of ThE gIg.