The Top Ten Staph Infections in MMA History

The Top Ten Staph Infections in MMA History

I really don't know why you clicked on this. If you want to turn back now, I would completely understand. Go ahead, click close, our feelings won't be hurt.

Oh, you're still here. Damn.

Look, consider this your last warning. The following images/videos are disturbing and will stick with you for the rest of your life. There's no deleting these images from your long-term memory. They will be with you for the remainder of your life like some bad sexually transmitted disease. In short, we don't want to be liable for any projectile vomiting.

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This picture of Ken-Flo's knee looks like it was taken just seconds before Quatto was about to burst out and give Florian life advice and pointers on how to time travel. This staph infection is the most recent and was photographed on April 13th 2010. Within days, Ken-Flo had the puss drained out of this beast, unfortunately he didn't bring a camera to film the process. Next time Ken-Flo, next time.


My God this UFC 108 curse. Gabriel Gonzaga and Big Nog were both sidelined with severe cases of staph infection and was forced to drop out of their respective UFC 108 bouts. Big Nog's staph was so bad that it was in his bloodstream and he was intravenously given antibiotics. Check out this interview of Big Nog talking about his case of the staph.


After Mayhem Miller's bout with Jake Shields at Strikeforce Nashville, Mayhem has revealed just what it means to be the incubating host of an entire infestation of intergalactic aliens entirely localized on his neck. It looks like that thing on his neck has something that it really wants to say, it just didn't develop a mouth in time to say it. On Twitter, Mayhem blamed Jake Shields' 'pimply' leg for giving him this disgusting case of staph infection.


In a perfect world, The Ultimate Fighter Season four would go down as the greatest cast in show history. Unfortunately, a lot of people hopped on the TUF bandwagon when season eight aired and failed to witness Travis Lutter, Jorge Rivera, Rich Clementi, Pete Spratt, Scott Smith, Patrick Cote, Chris Lytle, Shonie Carter and former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, all living in the same house. It was MMA's version of the 1992 Barcelona 'Dream Team'. Check out this clip of staph infection spreading throughout the house like some sexually transmitted diseased (minus the 'sex' part).


Alright, here's where it starts to get nasty. In 2009, Forrest Griffin was forced to drop out of his UFC 70 bout with Lyoto Machida due to this nasty infestation emerging from his leg. Apparently, the infection worsened to the point where Griffin could literally stick his fingers within the wound. Ugh, disgusting stuff.


In 2007, Diego Sanchez was finally cleared to fight Josh Koscheck after serving a three-month suspension due to a failed drug test in which Diego tested positive for marijuana. The staredown was great, the 'shove match' was even better, but Diego eventually lost a three-round decision in a fight filled with few hits and even fewer take downs. After the fight, Dana White announced that Diego Sanchez nearly was nearly forced to retire due to a diagnosis of 'Hepatitis C'. However, the doctors were wrong. Dude had a nasty staph infection and according to reports, the day after the fight Diego Sanchez had a hole in his leg the size of a coffee cup. Here's what Dana White had to say about the ordeal.

"The day of the weigh-ins, we were going to announce Diego's retirement because the test came up that he had Hepatitis C. We kept testing him. The doctors were baffled. They eventually decided that he doesn't have Hep C, but they didn't know what was wrong with him. So he goes in and fights that shitty, horrible fight that everyone saw."

We know you have those staph infection pictures Diego Sanchez. If you're reading this, feel free to send them over.


AKA the staph infection that sidelined Miletich Fighting System for most of 2007. Tim Sylvia and Spencer Fisher got it, but no one had it worse than Drew McFedries. There really isn't much to say about this other than "Go to the doctor faster man" and "Dude, it looks like a personal pan sized pizza was sewn onto your leg".


God I wish you would have clicked the close button by now. You knew it was coming up folks, you knew it. The worst thing about Kevin Randleman's staph infection is that I'm forced to stare at that gaping hole underneath his armpit while I type this, regardless of how many times I look away in horror. I'm going to keep this one short just to move on. Randleman was in critical condition inside the hospital for three weeks while this staph infection manifested over his torso. According to MMANews, Dude had two organs shut down in his body. Sorry, I can't look at this anymore. If you want to know more about Randleman's staph, Google it.


I feel obligated to share this guy's story with you based on the fact that you're looking at the dude's bone in that picture. After multiple operations, Sherdog member ZombieProphet, was forced to use a wheel chair for nearly two years after this case of staph infection literally ate through his achilles' tendon and an array of muscle fibers you would rather keep if you wish to walk again. Apparently, he went to two doctors to get a diagnosis of what it actually was but they said the reddening was 'due to his weight'. ZombieProphet now walks with a cane and plans to sue the doctor(s) that incorrectly diagnosed this beast of a staph infection.


If you've made it this far without regurgitating your breakfast over your keyboard, then you've seen multiple incidents in which fighters were sidelined due to staph. Still, all of those stories pale in comparison to Cole Escovedo. Dude had to take a three-year layoff from MMA because he was paralyzed. That's right folks, staph infection lead to complete paralysis. In an interview with TheGarv, Cole Escovedo talks about the time when he nearly lost his life from his staph infection.

"As for the surgery, it was about 3 years ago that I contracted a staph infection in my left forearm, and it was grossly misdiagnosed by the doctor I saw, and spread to my spinal cord and left me paralyzed from the waist down, and required surgery to fix--and even that was a gamble, thus why the neurosurgeon was sure I'd be lucky to walk right again, but surely thought the chances of me fighting ever again were like 0%. And yet, here I am. I'm currently in the tail-ends of a lawsuit against the doctors and hospital that didn't do their jobs and allowed the staph to get to such a life threatening stage."

"I spent a large amount of that time simply trying to walk again, to be honest. I had everyone telling me that I'd be lucky to walk again so I had plenty of motivation from within. Once I knew I would be returning to fighting, I made the most of my time waiting for a fight by training smarter than I ever had before; and it was obvious in my return fight and the 5-0 record I've made since that return, with 4 finishes and 1 decision that I honestly feel (had I not been sick) I would have finished him as well.

I always knew I would walk again and fight again if I wanted to. It was just a matter of 'how bad did I want it' and how hard I was willing to push myself to accomplish that goal. Everyone gets knocked down, but the real fighters, the real champions are the ones who will always find a way to get back up again and again."

Take that life-threatening staph infection.

Last modified onThursday, 04 July 2013 20:31


+41 # Reauplecant 2010-04-27 09:39
now everyone go shower.
+9 # Guest 2010-04-27 10:17
I literally spit on the floor in my house after seeing some of those pictures!
+25 # minotauro 2010-04-27 10:21
oooh god a mouse could have crawled into randleman
+3 # Guest 2010-04-28 11:20
Quoting minotauro:
oooh god a mouse could have crawled into randleman

omg your freaking right
+8 # Patrick 2010-04-27 10:38
I get goosepimples when I see holes in other people.

Daniel Tosh has this comedybit where he makes fun of extreme makeovers. His idea of an extreme makeover was to get a vagina under his armpit.
Looks like Randleman did exactly that.
+5 # boloblack 2010-04-27 11:51
Quoting SnakeJake:
His idea of an extreme makeover was to get a vagina under his armpit.
Looks like Randleman did exactly that.

Oh - Are you ticklish? Now I know why I call you "best friend forever".

Seriously though.. I am all ichy after reading this.
+9 # Guest 2010-04-27 11:55
this is why you HAVE to mop your gym mats at least 3 times a week or more.
+17 # Guest 2010-04-29 00:38
+9 # Guest 2010-04-30 02:48
We mop our mats between classes
+12 # Guest 2010-06-01 13:01
after seeing this, im gonna hire somebody to stand there and mop our mats ALL DAY LONG
+9 # Deadwin / @Lycanthr0pe 2010-04-27 19:14
im showering now.
+13 # Guest 2010-04-27 21:24
I personally clean the mats before and after training.

True story: I really got into MMA just around the time Randleman got the rot.
Being into wholistic healing, I emailed him, on a total fucking whim that he'd dismiss as weird bullshit, that he should try Raw Honey. You can put that stuff on done to the bone, and it is like 20 times better than Neosporine or whatever. Moving on...he actually emailed back and said he was doing better and didn't know honey (has to be raw) could do that.

I responded but that was the end of it. That ordeal convinced me to clean the mats daily, and keep the remaining gym clean. Make sure your workout clothes are clean, and make sure to tell your buddies to wash their shit too.
+4 # Guest 2010-04-27 21:26
read: down to the bone
+7 # Guest 2010-04-29 20:57
Honey works and so does bacitracin and bactroban, but neosporin won't do jack unless it has bacitracin in it. Also if you get staph, you need to get it cut open or the infection will live in the dead tissue where there is no blood flow and antibiotics can't reach. I'm an ICU RN, believe it.
+1 # Guest 2010-05-01 21:45
Yea, sometimes you must force univited guests out of your body. Not too long ago I had a wicked infection in the nerve of a tooth. So I hit the antibiotics this time, with some other goodies like concentrated oregano...and like a week later they went in to root the mutherfucker and that thing just DRAINED for like 2 minutes. Even though my face was numb I could still feel my face draining out of my tapped tooth.

The major problem with these types of infections is how much and what kind of tissue was ate. Too much damage to certain tissues and you are fucked. You can only regrow so much tissue (for Now).

So wash your ass and keep your immunity up, please!
+3 # Guest 2010-04-27 21:25
Keep your wounds covered, Honey!
+18 # Guest 2010-04-28 05:35
i came.
+6 # ryan123 2010-04-28 11:50
Im now a full time resident of my shower!
im never leaving it again... :-x :-x
+6 # Guest 2010-04-28 13:19
you can get staph from showers too. i've never in my life seen staph infections as bad as the ones these mma guys seem to be getting. that's just crazy. they should higher a guy to go around with a bottle of sanitizer and a rag the entire time they are using these infectious mats.
+25 # Guest 2010-04-28 13:39
my foot came in 2nd, lol!
+4 # Guest 2010-04-30 14:26
Yea what ended up happening with you. You still alive? Did you sue?
+1 # docpye 2010-04-28 17:49
i think this might be the thing that turns me off from competing, like, ever.
+3 # Guest 2010-04-28 17:52
Just shower with anti bacti soap hospital or professional proof and dry completely after rolling and no problem you will be good. Its amazing how most people train walk to the locker room take off their gi's put on their clothes and walk out of the locker room thats how it spreads. If you roll than shower with anti bacti soap you will have no problem
0 # Guest 2010-04-29 12:48
Ewwwwww! :-x
-7 # Guest 2010-04-30 16:47
if only diego sanchez' infection had made its way to his brain. if only. oh well. shit happens.
+2 # Guest 2010-04-30 16:55
the new staph infections like MERSA are getting stronger or more nasty than ever and more resistant to antibiotics.
Everytime someone gets staph their body gets more run down from the antibiotics and in turn the staph is harder to get rid of each time. A friend of mine recently ( last nov 09) went into a hospital for surgery and contracted MERSA from the HOSPITAL. He just had to have his leg below the knew amputated because of the MERSA. Leg for his life was the choice he was given.
+2 # jmeno32 2010-05-01 11:05
I'm hungry now...
+1 # Guest 2010-06-22 00:21
You have a point. Very insightful. A nice different perspective
+1 # Guest 2010-08-31 16:11
Great work here... the 'you knew it folks' line for Kevin Randleman was priceless, and thanks for turning me into a total hypochondriac lolol...
+3 # Guest 2010-10-16 23:53
I am a fan of MMA and often wondered where fighters mysteriously disappeared to. It never crossed my mind about staph being such an ass kicker.

When my Old Man taught me to street fight he always said "No matter how big and bad you think you are there is ALWAYS someone bigger and badder!"

I learned my lesson about that when some little dude (I will never forget) slam dunked my ass all over the ground. LMAO

But to think that something so small you need a microscope to see it? That's a REAL bad-ass mofo!
+2 # Guest 2010-10-20 23:56
So was I the only one to notice the bottle of urine on the table behind Zombie Prophet's foot...disgusti ng ;-)
0 # Guest 2010-10-26 07:54
[youtube]http:/ / m/watch?v=q1YUW ceI6GA[/youtube ]
0 # Guest 2010-12-27 15:25
Ouch ! Having lived in a tropical climate for some time Im familiar with the risk of staff ...3times never so bad ..Have those mats washed daily ....Make sure your students are doin the same
-3 # Guest 2010-12-29 19:17
0 # Guest 2011-03-31 22:28
Use fightsoap and have everyone in the gym use it too. Before and after each gym visit.
0 # Guest 2011-04-05 23:27
The biggest problem is far too many fighters wait WAY too long to see an MD. If you notice something is up don't be a tough guy and try to beat the infection, it won't tap, you will. That and a lot of guys know they have something going on but hide it so they can keep training only to spread it to the rest of their training partners. I would always try to scope the guys in my class during warm-ups to make sure there wasn't anything weird going on, but if it's a Gi class it's tough to spot.
0 # Guest 2012-10-19 22:26
That was the first thing I thought as well. I wonder how many of these fighters tried to tough it out, not realizing how serious it is. I was rolling once when a guy in the class bit a portion of his tongue off. He wanted to toss it to the side and keep rolling like an idiot. Obviously he was told to stop and go to the hospital immediately.
0 # Guest 2012-01-05 03:26
0 # Guest 2012-02-10 22:57
Grapeseed extract and garlic lots and lots of garlic!
+1 # Dry 2013-01-16 00:02
Well, I no longer want to go masturbate. Thanks.

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