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1/17/21 6:53 PM
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UFC legend Diego Sanchez issued a warning about brain trauma in MMA, suggesting that his “soul has been raped many times in this business.”

One of the most durable fighters in UFC history, Sanchez has been outspoken about the damage that he’s endured during his 15-plus years fighting in the Octagon. The 39-year-old American recently said his next fight will be his last, citing concerns with brain trauma among the reasons why he is retiring.

On Saturday night, the issue of brain trauma was back in full display when Calvin Kattar took an obscene amount of damage against Max Holloway at UFC on ABC 1. Sanchez was among those watching the fight, and he couldn’t help but take notice of the vicious beating Kattar was receiving. “The Nightmare” took to his social media and shared the following warning to Kattar.

I do! the trauma all differ in size and numbers. The body not the mind changes to protect its self, hence the hestation of the bubble that comes with these traumatizing experiences in that space. Yes I do know actually. My soul has been raped many times in this business — Diego Sanchez

Unfortunately for MMA fighters, the issue of brain trauma is a very real one, though one that many fighters do not experience until later in their careers. We recently heard the sad story of former UFC fighter Spencer Fisher, who is dealing with serious health issues in retirement. Ultimately, MMA is a very violent sport and brain trauma is a very real thing. But research into it helps, and the UFC recently donated $1 million to the Cleveland Clinic for its studies.

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Diego Sanchez issues warning about brain trauma in MMA: “My soul has been raped many times in this business”

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1/18/21 1:55 AM
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The CTE conversation is really just beginning in mma. Still a young sport..... expect this conversation to evolve in the coming years as these guys age. Now with that said, they still don't endure the accumulation of blows to the head that boxers do, but given the smaller portion size I suspect the spotlight may be brighter on this sport when it comes to this topic.

1/18/21 6:35 AM
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I full expect Conor to call him out once he reads this

1/18/21 10:55 AM
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I full expect Conor to call him out once he reads this


Or the entire Gracie family 

1/18/21 11:15 AM
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Great. Now Masvidal will want to give Diego a shot at the BMW title in his last fight.
1/18/21 5:24 PM
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1/18/21 6:31 PM
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I full expect Conor to call him out once he reads this

You do know Conor was fully cleared of the rape allegations 

1/18/21 7:34 PM
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I full expect Conor to call him out once he reads this

You do know Conor was fully cleared of the rape allegations 


lol
1/18/21 7:50 PM
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But joe Rogan said CTE is only abundant in boxing. MMA fighters are accountants and school teachers. 

1/18/21 7:59 PM
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I love diego but he's been a warning about brain trauma several years now.

1/18/21 8:14 PM
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I love diego but he's been a warning about brain trauma several years now.

This. He is slurring when he talks. 

Edited: 1/18/21 8:21 PM
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Is there a decent study on long term effects of lower volume higher impact damage (more common in MMA) vs. higher volume lower impact damage (more common in boxing)?

I’ve heard lower volume and clean KO is “better” for the brain (as it shuts off essentially to protect itself I believe) than cumulative damage, but haven’t seen anything official on that. 

1/19/21 6:03 AM
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No way should Diego fight again.

"his next fight will be his last,"

That should have been true at least five fights ago.

 
1/19/21 6:15 AM
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It's tough to know if MMA or Boxing is worse for CTE but they all tend to train with gloves and/or for lots of rounds, so the differences might not be as big as expected based solely on what happens during the fights.

1/19/21 5:44 PM
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diego seems like the type  who had mental issues before fighting