Bellator Featherweight Champion Chris Cyborg draws attention to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its impact on fighters.
CTE is a progressive brain condition caused by repeated head injuries that cause concussions. Some of the main symptoms associated with this condition include frequent mood swings, depression, and feelings of growing anxiety, frustration, or excitement.
Recently, more and more fighters are getting into trouble with the law. The thrill and agony of the fighter meets the highest highs and low falls. As a 26-fight veteran, Cyborg didn’t see much in the midst of the competition.
Shortly after Chuck Liddell’s arrest, Cyborg took to social media to talk about the CTE. The Bellator Champion is concerned about what the CTE can do to the fighters’ personalities and, of course, their subsequent actions.
“One of the first signs of widespread CTE in the NFL came when close relatives began to notice dramatic changes in the personalities of their loved ones. We are still new to MMA and are only now discovering the long-term implications of competition. ” Cyborg published…
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested for alleged domestic violence with battery just last month. The list continues to grow as Luis Peña was arrested for the second time this year for a weekend of domestic violence and battery. And yesterday Chuck Liddell was also arrested for domestic violence.
Head injuries and CTEs remain some of the most difficult problems to deal with in MMA and contact sports. With the growing number of arrests in MMA, it may only be a matter of time before the UFC takes formal action to prevent these serious ongoing health problems.