Student At Urijah Faber's Gym Paralyzed During Training

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FastKnockout
5/31/12 2:48:54PM
Yesterday we brought you the story of a fighter in South Dakota who died following an MMA bout, this on the heels of other tragic news in combat sports involving Johnny Tapia's death and Paul Williams being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. There is more unfortunate news from earlier this month as it appears that Devin Johnson, a fighter training at Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym, was paralyzed in a training session.

Sacramento's News 10 with the information:

Devin Johnson, 22, was sparring at the facility, located on the 1700 block of I Street on May 14 when he fell while in a headlock.

When Devin arrived at UC Davis Medical Center he was paralyzed. The impact from the fall dislocated Devin's spine.

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scoozna
5/31/12 2:57:33PM
Horrible week of news.
mattjonesy
5/31/12 4:56:23PM
yeh what bad a week for these guys getting hurt and MMA as a whole. U know anti MMA guys will be jumping all over these stories.
KungFuMaster
5/31/12 5:03:26PM
I would not be surprise if McCain launched another political campaign against mma.
Chieftan1997
5/31/12 5:22:48PM
Damn, that's too bad. All the bad news this week sucks. God Bless everyone who this has affected.
Manak
5/31/12 6:30:15PM

Posted by KungFuMaster

I would not be surprise if McCain launched another political campaign against mma.



which is so absurd, this is terrible news but to use it to bash a sport is dumb. every sport has just horrific injuries that ruin lives. by that logic even sport should be banned. I mean the NFL is getting sued by former players for not being more active on head injuries. not to mention the suicides that old players did. but i don't see a campaign to ban football. why not try to help prevent this instead of trying to kill a sport
pmoney
5/31/12 8:20:57PM
Damn, it's always a shame to hear anything like this in any sport. There is little to be done though, imo. Would this young man being medically screened before deciding to train help prevent this? I'm not a doctor, so I can only assume that the probability of suffering this kind of injury in training is fairly hard to predict. Unless you already have an injured back or spine.

Very scary stuff though, I have always defended chokes in real life using a takedown, always to good success. I am going to have to rethink my strategy....

Hopefully this young man can make a recovery. I'm wishing him and his family the best.
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