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Old 04-25-2011, 11:35 PM
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Vitor Belfort has posted via his Twitter account that he has Hepatitis A. The fighter made the post just a few minutes ago, and asked for some prayers from his fans.

"I have hepatitis A. This thing hurt so bad I pray that God will take care of me . Don't forget to pray for me"

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that can inflame and damage the liver. The recovery time varies from a few weeks to a few months, but with this news just now surfacing, it's unknown what effect this will have on his upcoming fight, as Belfort is scheduled to meet Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 in August.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:35 PM
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Get well Vitor.. He will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:39 PM
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Dang it, you beat me by 3 minutes!!!

Any chance a mod could merge these threads?
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:33 AM
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Slightly more info from MMAWeekly.com:

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Vitor Belfort will be taking a few weeks to rest after being diagnosed with Hepatitis A recently.

The UFC middleweight made the announcement about his contraction of the disease on his personal Twitter account, which his representative Pedro Lima later verified to MMAWeekly.com.

According to Lima, doctors are unsure how Belfort caught Hepatitis A, but the diagnosis will require the Brazilian to stay out of training and rest for the next three to four weeks.

The Mayo Clinic describes Hepatitis A as: A highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation that affects your liver’s ability to function.


You’re most likely to contract hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s already infected. Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.

The time off shouldn’t affect Belfort’s scheduled fight in August against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, but he will need to take some time off to get past the initial illness.

Lima also confirmed that Belfort will miss out on his scheduled trip to Canada this week. He was headed to Toronto to support his friend and teammate Randy Couture in his fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129.

Belfort will continue to rest and recover at home in Las Vegas for the next few weeks, and then look to head back into training to get ready for his August fight against Akiyama.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:49 AM
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Did that article say contagious? Or did I misread it? If it is he don't need to be fighting! Hope I misread or misunderstood! Either way I hope he gets better.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:57 PM
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Two more of Vitor's tweets:

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Old 04-26-2011, 03:49 PM
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Oh so hepatitis has to be a "her"!
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:51 PM
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you would have thought growing up in brazil he would have been immunized for this ...
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:02 PM
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Oh so hepatitis has to be a "her"!
Or maybe he's thinking of the strange that gave him hep?
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:28 PM
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Or maybe he's thinking of the strange that gave him hep?
Yes...one wonders exactly how Vitor contracted the pathogen

I suppose at least with A he could claim contaminated food or water...not so easy to make that claim against B and C...usually you have to be doing something...er...naughty to catch that

I hope he gets better soon though
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