Titan FC bantamweight champion Rudson Caliocane was given a waiver to fight Matheus Mendonca at Future MMA on October 19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but lost a decision. The fighter reports he cut too much weight and suffered a brain hemorrhage; he has vacated his Titan belt in order to focus on his medical issues, which include partial paralysis.
The brain stem controls essential bodily functions, such as breathing, swallowing, and balance. A blockage or a bleed in the brain stem can affect these vital roles and can result in severe long term complications. Treatment for hemorrhage to the brain stem is complex and may include medication, therapy, and surgery. A full recovery can take many months if not years. Rudson has already begun receiving treatment and is incurring substantial costs every day. He needs financial help immediately.
Statement from Rudson Caliocane
To my fans,
With the approval of Titan FC, I took a fight last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, unfortunately I suffered a hemorrhage of my brain stem. It is not clear if or when I might be able to fight again. Because of this, I have decided to vacate my Titan FC Bantamweight World Championship Title, out of fairness to the division, and to Titan FC and lex McMahon who has given me the opportunity to fight for and hold the belt, and have treated me so well. Hopefully, I can come back and reconquer the Titan FC Bantamweight division in the near future. However, for now I must concentrate on on my health and getting better.
Thank you to all!
Statement from manager Alex Davis
He’s a wonderful kid who was doing great [in MMA], but had that bad luck. I’m not that worried about him not being able to fight anymore, I want him to be well. He has the left side of his body paralyzed, had a brainstem hemorrhage, and we need everyone’s help. He’s a young kid who can’t fight or even work right now.
Statement from Titan FC COO Lex McMahon
Unfortunately, our reigning Bantamweight champion, Rudson Caliocane recently suffered a serious Injury to his brain stem. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rudson as he navigates a difficult and uncertain recovery process. In light of his injury and the uncertainty related to his timetable to return to competition Rudson has elected to vacate his title so he can focus his energy on making a full recovery. In the event that Rudson is medically cleared to return to competition he will immediately challenge for the title he is now vacating.
Titan FC in conjunction with Rudson’s long-time manager, Alex Davis will be launching a Gofundme campaign and Titan FC will donate a percentage of ticket sales from our upcoming event on Dec 20th to raise proceeds to help aid Rudson with the substantial costs associated with his recovery. We wish the champ all the best and a speedy recovery!
Future MMA CEO Jorge Oliveira has reached out to other Future MMA fighters for assistance with the effort, and going forward will adopting the model currently used by the California State Athletic Commission; fighters arriving too heavy for fight week will be fined or pulled from the card.
“The fighter is not most important right now, but the human being Rudson Caliocane,” said Oliveira to Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “I’m in touch with his father, trying to help with what I can. I was a fighter, I cut too much weight in a short period of time, I’ve been knocked out, I had concussions… I tried to pass along my experience to them.
“It’s sad to see a young talent, who loves what he does, have to interrupt his journey because of something like this. God willing — and I know Rudson is a faithful kid — this pause is temporary. But, again, the most important right now is the human being Rudson Caliocane.”