England's John Hathaway, 26, fights Dong Hyun Kim on Saturday, in the main event of UFN Macao: Kim vs. Hathaway, airing on FIghtPass. Hathaway entered the UFC in 2009, going 4-0 with wins over Tom Egan, Rick Story, Paul Taylor, and Diego Sanchez. The he unexpectedly lost to Mike Pyle, and began to suffer mysterious symptoms, including lethargy and intense stomach pain.
He was only able to fight once per year thereafter. The cause? Crohn's Disease.
Kevin Iole has the story for Yahoo Sports.
Common symptoms are persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramps, fever, weight loss, loss of appetite and general malaise.
He's had to change his diet in order to get back to fighting shape. He's removed processed foods entirely from his diet, and is eating more bland food, and has taken to juicing.
There is no cure, though Hathaway said he feels energized and ready to regain his momentum.
A win over Kim would be significant and put him in position to move into the top 15 in the UFC's welterweight division. Hathaway is not currently ranked in the top 15, but that's largely a function of his inactivity.
"I need a good work rate and to stay away from his clinches and not allow him to get on top," Hathaway said of Kim. "He drowns you when he's on top. I either have to be on top or I have to keep my distance and use my left-right and wear him down. That's what I think will get me my victory."
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