Back in 2009, Ronald Dlamini (6-3, 1 NC) became the first black MMA champion in the south African history by claiming a welterweight title. However, in 2012 his life took a disastrous turn after a championship bout in New Zealand and rushed to the hospital where he diagnosed with meningitis. After staying in a coma for ten days and ultimately end up losing his sight.
“My life changed in 2012,” Ronald Dlamini said in a new documentary from The Guardian, which can be viewed above. “I got a strong headache, and I felt very sick. I was rushed to the hospital with meningitis, and I was in a coma for ten days. When I woke up, I realized I was completely blind. This is very difficult for me, but I have never given up because of my blindness.”
Despite with this unexpected event Ronald Dlamini stayed focused and continued train in MMA. Now he trains beginners, as well developed a self-defense programme tailored for the visually impaired based on MMA guidelines and training system.
“When I started meeting other blind people, they told me they were often victims of rape and robbery,” he said. “I realized that I had a new goal in life: to teach other visually-impaired people how to fight back. I designed a self-defense course for them that is based on MMA. I want to get the message out to blind people all over the world. MMA is the perfect sport for them.”
“The greatest champions have been knocked out in there lives,” Dlamini concludes in the video above. “But it is very important how you come back. I don’t think that we really know what we’re capable of until our limits are tested.”
Check out the following video where Ronald Dlamini sharing his tragic life story:
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