In a surprising turn of events at UFC 294, emerging women’s flyweight contender Viktoria Dudakova secured a decision victory against Jin Yu Frey. However, this win may have come at a significant cost.
In her post-bout press conference, the Russian disclosed that she had been battling a staph infection for the past month. However, she chose to conceal it in order to compete.
The Russian tweeted:
“For the past month I has staph infection and actually my back side is completely bolldied up right now. I have satph infection in places that isn’t necessarly okay to announce to the whole world.”
This revelation has not only jeopardized the well-being of all athletes participating in UFC 294 but has also sparked outrage among MMA enthusiasts.
Below are some of the reactions from the community:
@Doctor__Remulak empathized with the competitors on the card, expressing his apprehension: “Great. [If] That’s the canvas I get my face pushed up against later… I’d be pissed.”
@The_Real_Sehorn voiced concern for her opponent, who now faces potential exposure: “I feel bad for her opponent, who probably has staph now.”
The knockdown to end the round 😳
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 21, 2023
@I_am_Cullen asserted that there should be consequences for Dudakova’s actions: “She needs to be suspended. This is not ok.”
@Atvasco84 shared his discomfort with the graphic information: “Well that’s definitely some disgusting info I wish she didn’t share. 🤢🤢🤢”
@iflowmannMMA strongly criticized Viktoria Dudakova, emphasizing the importance of professionalism: “Man, no disrespect, but she wouldn’t be allowed back to the gym moving the way she’s moving. You absolutely do not get on the mat like that. That s*** is nasty. She needs to get it together on a professional level.”
@jmacyourlife suggested immediate action against: “Should be cut immediately for this.”
Viktoria Dudakova’s decision to compete with a concealed staph infection has raised significant concerns within the MMA community. The potential repercussions for both her and her opponents are a cause for serious reflection. The UFC organization will undoubtedly need to address this issue to ensure the safety and well-being of its athletes in future events.