MMA Fighter Encourages Millions to Come Forward as He Addresses 10 Years Long Battle “To Get Clean”; Gets Positive Response From the Community

Published 02/06/2023, 8:45 AM EST

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Bellator fighter Brennan Ward has been through the wringer, facing his demons head-on with his drug addiction issues. Many other stars in the past have talked about it, UFC legend Mark Coleman being one of them. And this life-threatening habit forced Ward to step away from MMA for a gut-wrenching five years.

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But, in 2022, he made a comeback with a bang and proved that he was a fighter both inside and outside of the Bellator octagon. With a chip on his shoulder and a heart of gold, Ward has successfully battled his addiction and is now on a mission to help others do the same.

He wants to be a beacon of hope for the millions struggling with drug addiction, letting them know they’re not alone and that there’s a way out of the dark hole they find themselves in. And after his recent knockout win at Bellator 290, the 34-year-old used the post-fight press conference as a platform to spread his message of hope.


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At Bellator 290, Brennan Ward took the octagon by storm, delivering a spectacular second-round TKO victory over Sabah Homasi with a brutal head kick and a flurry of punches. But it was in the post-fight press conference where he truly shined.

When asked about what others battling drug addiction can do to overcome their struggles, as he did, Brennan stepped up to the plate and offered not just words of wisdom but a helping hand as well.

Lending a hand against the drug addiction

Brennan Ward advises those struggling with drug addiction to take the step to detox to get the help they need. He acknowledges that while going to detox is the easy part, the real challenge is getting through the duration of it later. He emphasizes that the process is incredibly hard, but encourages those struggling to not give up.


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Ward then shared his personal experience during the press conference and said, “I tried to get clean for like 10 years. 10 years I’ve tried to get clean for it. Until I finally got clean… It’s the hardest thing I have ever done. Cage fighting is nothing compared to getting cleaned. Nothing.”


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He then made the offer to personally assist everyone in search of a solution. “If you need me, get at me at my inbox. I try to get back to everybody… If you need me, I’m there. I got connections to all kinds of facilities.”, said the MMA fighter.

Brennan Ward gets hailed by the MMA community

The MMA world showered Brennan Ward with accolades after learning of his determination to help those struggling with drug addiction. A number of UFC competitors, including Charles Rosa, Rob Font, Alan Jouban, Ian Heinisch, and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane of Bellator, all praised the 34-year-old. And just like them, several other fans responded to this clip of the Bellator star.

Check out how the fans reacted to it:

“W .. this guys is a WHOLE walking W .. BLESS THIS MAN”

“A lot of people don’t understand how hard it really is..”

“Love this! Thank you for being so open and loving !”

“Thank u 🙏. I’ve been through it and you are saving lives by talking about it. Thanks 🙏”

“Impossible to not love this guy”

“Been a fan of Ward for a while, glad he was able to come out on the other side of it”


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“May your presence and message inspire others Brennan 💪🏼🫵🏼 Beautifully Said Big Dawg”

“This is a fantastic message. I wish others would use their platforms in the same way.”

Brennan Ward is a ray of hope for those battling drug addiction. His willingness to help others who have faced similar struggles as he did, and his understanding of the devastating effects of drug addiction, make him truly remarkable. By giving back and helping those in need, Ward is truly making a difference.


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What do you make of Ward’s message? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Mayur Soni


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Mayur Soni is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. His interest in the UFC heightened when he first saw his favorite fighter Conor McGregor knockout Jose Aldo in mere 13 seconds, in 2015. He thus got hooked on the sport.
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Amal Joyce




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