UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with a serious nerve condition known as Parsonage-Turner syndrome.
The disorder has no known cause, and affects the nerves around the shoulders, arms, and chest. It can lead to numbness, muscle weakness, and severe pain.
“It’s one of those moments where your whole perspective on life changes and you have to start kind of looking at things differently,” Duffee said this week on Sherdog Radio’s “Beatdown.”
Duffee adds that he was up for a spot on the UFC 168 20th anniversary card, but his doctors told him that he may be out for up to two years recovering. Luckily, Duffee said most of the experts he’s talked to are confident he can return within a year.
“I’ve talked to all the therapists I’ve worked with and the doctors,” Duffee said. “And they’re all very confident that I can come back inside a year… Already I’ve had a very fast recovery. I’m very advanced.”
Todd Duffee currently holds an 8-2 MMA record, and is on his second stint in the UFC. He successfully re-debuted at UFC 155 last year, knocking out Phillip De Fries in the second round.