UFC Featherweight Rodrigo Damm was all set to take on Hacran Dias Wednesday night Brazil, but as he began to cut the weight need to make the 145 pound weight limit he noticed blood in his urine. According to reports, when he was taken to the doctors he was diagnosed with having kidney stones, and that’s when Damm and his doctors agreed he should pull out of the fight. In a recent interview, Alex Davis (Damm’s manager) said that Damm actually got better, but because of the way this all played out he might be moving up to lightweight.
Alex Davis told MMAJunkie:
“He actually got better, and we were hopeful everything would be OK, but we double-checked to make sure and took him to his doctor, and he found out there were more stones. It was kidney stones, and there were more to come out. In that situation, if a guy is dehydrating and he starts expelling those stones, he could end up with a serious problem and need surgery or lose a kidney. So at that point, we had to stop it.”
“He was really disappointed. He trained really hard. He thought it was a good fight for him. But it’s safety first, health first. … It’s unfortunate, but the fight isn’t worth losing a kidney or having kidney problems.”
“I think that if Joe and Sean are positive on that (move to lightweight), it’s probably something we’d like to look into. It’d make it easier on him. He’s not going to fight for 10 years anymore, so he’ll probably end his career at 155.”
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