Eddie Yagin (16-5-1) was rushed to the hospital after experiencing pain in his head while training last week. The doctors diagnosed that he suffered a brain injury which ultimately led to his next fight with Dennis Siver (20-8) being scratched. Yagin feared that his career was in jeopardy.
“The headaches I was experiencing were actually blood touching my brain,” said Yagin to Sports Illustrated. “I had so many injuries in my life I was not scared. The only thing was that I was afraid of having to do surgery on my skull had to be drilled to drain the blood. That was the part that I had to do, it would be the end of my fight career.”
Doctors told Yagin it was a serious injury and the end results would have been far worse had he not arrived to the hospital when he did. It will be at least six months before Yagin is allowed to start any physical activity.
“I’m about six months away from anything strenuous because the last thing I want to do is make it worse,” said Yagin. “I want to fully recover.”
Siver now faces Nam Phan (18-10) at UFC on FOX 5. They meet December 8 on the FOX network with a start time of 8 p.m. Eastern Time.