Shannon Ross, a flyweight in the UFC, recently demonstrated why MMA is unquestionably one of the most difficult sports to compete in. His account of competing for a UFC contract while nursing a ruptured appendix serves as an illustration of how challenging it is for athletes to be given a chance at the highest level of competition.
This weekend at UFC 284, Ross will face Kleydson Rodrigues in his promotional debut. However, the process of obtaining a contract was arduous. Ross took part in the most recent Dana White’s Contender Series match against Vinicius Salvador.
Despite losing by TKO in the second round, the 33-year-old Australian still received a contract with the UFC for his outstanding performance against his opponent. He wasn’t ready for what transpired the following day, though.
In a recent pre-fight press conference, Shannon Ross described how he ignored developing abdominal discomfort and mistaken it for hunger due to weight-cutting, leading to convulsions and shaking the day after his last fight due to a ruptured appendix and septicemia:
“I had appendicitis the entire fight week, and it ruptured before I ever entered the ring. I had appendicitis for four to five days before the doctor told me it had progressed to this point. The UFC staff was informed by my manager, who had been in touch with them. They claimed to have come to sign me after learning what had transpired… They probably want to see what I am capable of when I am healthy.”
Shannon Ross ruptured appendix: What is Appendicitis?
Shannon Ross discussed his experience with a ruptured appendix and subsequent blood poisoning before to his DWCS match before UFC 284 began. In the United States, the most typical cause of stomach discomfort requiring surgery is a ruptured appendix, generally known as appendicitis.
When the appendix, a little pouch-shaped organ connected to the intestines, becomes inflamed as a result of a blockage, it develops into appendicitis. As a result, the appendix might become obstructed and start to grow bacteria. This may result in swelling and pus, which will put pressure on your abdomen that hurts. Your appendix may rupture if appendicitis is not treated.
If it does occur, bacteria could enter your abdominal cavity and cause serious, perhaps fatal, conditions. Shannon Ross also experienced sepsis, sometimes known as septicemia. It is a dangerous illness caused by untreated appendicitis and the medical term for bacterial blood poisoning.
Although there are recognised and accessible treatments, they typically involve abdominal surgery and prolonged antibiotic therapy.