Pro fighter Mike Liberto talks life threatening staph infection
Video by William McKee and Eric Kowal
Professional mixed martial artist, “The Bethlehem Brawler,” Mike Liberto bounced back from a serious ACL knee injury to only be admitted back to the hospital from a staph infection that almost cost him his arm but more importantly, his life. Liberto warns other fighters of the seriousness of the illness.
Staphylococcus or staph for short, is group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases. Staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart.
Liberto (1-0) as a pro was sidelined with the ACL injury in 2014 and has been itching to get back into the cage. He did manage to work in a boxing bout but is once again sitting on the shelf with the staph infection that could have spelled disaster. According to doctors, the Bethlehem Brawler was just hours away from a fatal result.
Before turning pro the brash spoke fighter went undefeated (6-0) as an amateur mixed martial artist. Now, after fighting for his life, the Brawler says that he is ready to get his health back and continue adding W’s to his fight record, quite possibly as early as October.
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