- Irish MMA community rallies behind Ryan Curtis, a professional flyweight who suffered a devastating training accident resulting in a broken back, neck, and dislocated spine.
- Curtis currently has no movement in his legs or left arm and requires a minimum of five months of hospital care.
- Conor McGregor and other high-profile figures have actively used social media to raise awareness and donate to the GoFundMe campaign supporting Curtis and his family.
The Irish MMA community is uniting to support one of its own in dire need of extensive medical and financial assistance. Ryan Curtis, a professional flyweight, recently endured a devastating training accident resulting in a broken back, broken neck, and dislocated spine, leading to the loss of function in his arms and legs.
The information comes from Bellator fighter Leah McCourt and a corresponding GoFundMe account established for his aid. Curtis, aged 31, boasts a 10-fight career, having competed in Bellator, Brave CF, and Cage Warriors. McCourt took to Instagram to disclose the severe and life-altering spine injury suffered by her teammate on January 11.
According to McCourt’s statement, Curtis currently has “no movement in his legs or left arm” and is presently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). While the circumstances surrounding the career-ending injury remain unclear, McCourt added that Curtis will require a minimum of five months of hospital care.
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Ryan Curtis, the professional flyweight facing severe medical challenges, is also a father to a two-year-old girl, a fact highlighted by Conor McGregor in a recent video. McGregor, in the video, earnestly encourages his followers to contribute to the GoFundMe campaign set up to support Curtis during this difficult time.
At the time of writing this report, the donations have reached £99,000 or $126,000 with over 2,000 donors.
Curtis’s unfortunate accident has garnered significant attention within the close-knit and influential Irish MMA community. Notable figures such as former UFC champion Conor McGregor, SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh, and top Bellator featherweight Leah McCourt have actively utilized social media to raise awareness and encourage donations.
McGregor, in particular, is recorded as contributing $25,000 to the cause. Other contributors include Bellator executive Mike Kogan with a donation of $1,500, while both Dillon Danis and boxer Michael Conlan are listed for $1,000 donations.
Scheduled to contend for the Cage Conflict title against Italian fighter Davide Scarano on Feb. 24, Curtis, with a record of 5-4, boasting three knockout victories, was abruptly halted by the recent turn of events. His most recent match took place against Nicolas Leblond on April 29.
“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,” the GoFundMe reads, continuing: “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.