After suffering ‘life-altering injuries’ in training this past week, Ryan Curtis has received a heartwarming level of support from the MMA community to help his family in these troubled times.
Curtis’ situation was best laid out by Bellator featherweight, and fellow Irish fighter, Leah McCourt. After the news of the training incident broke, McCourt took to social media to ask her followers to show their support by donating to a GoFundMe Page for Curtis and his family. Additionally, she attached the following statement outlining Curtis’ current condition.
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“As an athlete and human the unimaginable has happened to our beloved Ryan. He was involved in a life altering incident during a training session on Thursday 11th January.
“Ryan has suffered a broken back, broken neck and dislocated spine. During this injury, trauma was also caused to Ryan’s spinal cord.
“The damage is classified as the most severe that can happen to a spinal cord. He was rushed to the Royal in Belfast and underwent emergency surgery.
“Currently Ryan has no movement in his legs or his left arm. The road ahead is unknown and will involve at least 5 months of him in hospital, followed by a further period of time with a specialist spinal team. There is no exact end date to when this treatment will be complete.
“Understandably he is distressed at present, we have limited access to see him. He is in ICU and hopefully being moved to spinal ward when conditions improve. He is still showing his positive outlook, his determination and mindset to overcome yet another challenge that life has presented.
“Ryan will never be able to do what he loves, and fight or train in MMA again. A sport he has dedicated his life to from the age of 11.
“Ryan will be out of work for the foreseeable future and we are trying to take any additional load or stress off Ryan’s family and daughter by creating a page to raise some funds to help towards rehabilitation, vital treatment, recovery and supporting his family.”
McGregor, who donated £25,000 to the Curtis family, also took to social media to show his support for his fellow Irishman in the form of a positive message.
“Very sad news on Curta,”
“The game isn’t worth the risk. Truth we don’t want to speak on.”
“Thank God for your little family Curta, keep them tight and God bless brother, get better will you!”
Curtis made his most recent fighting appearance in April 2023 under the Cage Warriors banner. Prior to that, he fought with Brave CF and holds a 1-0 record in Bellator.
As the injuries are still fresh, there is no news on if Curtis will ever make a recovery worthy of returning to active competition.