Shannon Ross tried not to think about the searing pain in his gut as a UFC doctor praised his courage at a Las Vegas hospital this past August.
It was the day after his loss to Vinicius Salvador on DWCS, and his coaches had urged him to get checked out after he began shaking and convulsing in his hotel room. He’d felt unusually hungry all week but convinced himself it was only in his mind.
” “That was an amazing fight,” Ross said to the doctor. “That was so good. You Australians are crazy.”
” Ross responded, “I’d love to talk with you about this fight.” Ross replied, “But I feel like dying. Can you help me?”
The doctor received the news and ordered a CT scan. It revealed that Ross had a ruptured appendix. Ross was also in grave medical danger because he had not been treated for the injuries.
Off Ross went to emergency surgery. After spending five more days at the hospital, he returned to Australia.
After the UFC found out what happened, Ross got a second chance with a fight at UFC 284, where he’ll face Kleydson Rodrigues on the preliminary card.
“I think they want to see what I can do when I’m healthy,” Ross said.
Check out the complete interview.