Corey Anderson had a recent health scare stemming from his knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz back in February.
Anderson was headlining the card against Blachowicz where many felt a win over the American would secure him a title shot against Jon Jones. Yet, that is far from what happened as he got caught with a punch and got knocked out. Since then, many have been wondering when he would be returning to the Octagon. And, on Monday, he took to his social media to explain his recent health scare.
Its been a long road back.. BUT never the less we are back!….Feb 21st following my last fight I blacked out and…
“Its been a long road back, but never the less we are back,” Anderson began. “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 added. “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,” Anderson continued. “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,” he concluded.
The good news is that Corey Anderson is healthy and will be able to return to the Octagon soon. When that will be is to be seen.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime