Brain damage in MMA: How much is too much?

Kristen King // Staff Writer While punches and kicks are an integral part of mixed martial arts, they also come with a dangerous after-effect that could drastically change the lives of fighters. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a degenerative disease found in those who have repeatedly suffered from brain trauma. All athletes have the possibility of suffering from CTE but the chances of it occurring within mixed martial arts is heightened due to the amount of damage they take in a fight. The first case of CTE was recently diagnosed in MMA fighter Jordan Parsons, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident earlier this year in Delray Beach. According to Bennet Omalu, the pathologist responsible for discovering the disease in football players, there is no connection between the accident and Parson’s…

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