Veteran UFC Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson recently made a startling revelation via his Instagram account.
Apparently, the past five months have not been very easy for ‘Overtime’. In his Instagram post detailing the recent events of his life, Anderson revealed what happened.
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Its been a long road back.. 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 hrs. Ended up in the ER for 5 days running numerous of test and blood work to figure out what happened. I seen a long list of different doctors, all but one said it was do to major concussion and lack of water and food after hiking through the woods for hrs. 1 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 wifes face change and my emotions as well. I become angry with doctors bc i was scared internally. I would take many trips to NYU hospital meeting several different specialist during many more test and undergoing 2 very painful outpatient heart procedures to find more evidence to go along with that ONE doctors 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 ALOT 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 @taylorrpricee of the @ufc who was always on top of getting everything going EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! As well as @aliabdelaziz000 and Hunter Campbell #motivationmonday
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Corey Anderson apparently suffered from a heart condition
In his post, Anderson revealed that he blacked out a week after his brawl with Jan Blachowicz in February.
He fell flat on the road that he was walking on, brutally scarring his face. Consequently, he ended up in an Emergency room for five days.
Of course, a sudden episode of blacking out warrants some deep investigation. Corey wrote that he consulted many doctors, but most brushed away his fears as a concussion. However, one doctor suggested that Corey’s problem had a much more serious nature. In fact, he said that it was his heart that “stopped beating”, causing Corey to blackout.
Subsequent tests provided more evidence in favor of the doctor’s diagnosis. Thereafter, Corey underwent various procedures to get rid of the problem and become fighting fit again.
He revealed that just this Monday, his doctor gave him a clearance certificate, and the go-ahead to carry on “beating people up!”
‘Overtime’ sends a message of caution to all his fellow fighters
Following the saga of his battle with his heart problem, Corey issued a word of advice for all his fellow MMA fighters.
He said that fighters must always put their health first. After all, there is always a life after fighting. Putting his feelings out there for fighters to connect to, he shared that it took a hospital bed and his son staring at him to realize that there is life outside of the Octagon, and one must always make sure that the life inside it does not harm the life outside it, both physically and mentally.
Source: Corey Anderson on Instagram
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