Corey Anderson suffered ghastly injury while hiking in February
The #4 ranked UFC light heavyweight Corey Anderson was on a four-fight win streak heading into a bout vs. Jan Błachowicz at UFC on ESPN+ 25 on February 15, 2020, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Anderson got knocked out in Round 1. Six days later he was hiking, passed out, and suffered a fall, resulting in a ghastly facial injury.
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"It's been a long road back," he wrote in the caption. "BUT never the less we are back!
"Feb 21st following my last fight I blacked out and collapsed smashing my face on a gravel road after scouting some land for hours. Ended up in the ER for five days running numerous tests and blood work to figure out what happened. I saw a long list of different doctors; all but one said it was due to major concussion and lack of water and food after hiking through the woods for hours. One doctor would tell me it was my heart... that my heart had stopped beating and it could happen again but next time in a fight!! Instantly my wife's face changed and my emotions as well. I became angry with doctors because I was scared internally. I would take many trips to NYU hospital meeting several different specialists, doing many more tests, and undergoing two very painful outpatient heart procedures to find more evidence to go along with that ONE doctor's notes He had put a complete halt to my career as a fighter until it was clear my heart was safe to compete. And as of last Monday night, I left hospital for the final time after my last procedure, with clearance note in hand, and the doctor telling me 'Congrats Mr. Anderson, I can let you go back to beating people up!'
"After my fight the commission/medics failed to do the proper after fight check up, and I went back to living life as normal. And I paid a hefty price!! This whirlwind 5 months have put A LOT of things into perspective, and as a veteran fighter who in the past has just fought with reckless abandoned with no care for rest and mental health long as I can keep fighting, I advise you other fighters to look after your health if you took some big shots to your head in a fight or practice, take the proper time to recover. It took me having my son sitting there looking at me in a hospital bed to realize there is real life after fighting and I want to be here to enjoy it. Fight smart, train smart, but recover and rest SMARTER!! Use your head while you still have the brains to do so.
"Huge thank you to [UFC Athlete Health and Performance Coordinator] Taylor Price who was always on top of getting everything going EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! As well as [manager] Ali AbdelAzziz and [UFC EVP and Chief Business Officer] Hunter Campbell."