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Rudson Caliocane vacates Titan FC belt after suffering brainstem hemorrhage

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Rudson Caliocane (right) suffered a brainstem hemorrhage after losing a decision in Brazil.
Julio Bomfim, Future MMA

Rudson Caliocane is no longer the Titan FC bantamweight champion. In fact, there’s a chance he may never compete in mixed martial arts again.

The 26-year-old prospect entered the Future MMA cage in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 19, and lost a decision to Matheus Mendonca. The defeat snapped a seven-fight winning streak and gave him a brainstem hemorrhage, he announced through a GoFundMe campaign.

Caliocane, who holds a 7-2 record in MMA, decided to vacate his Titan FC belt while he focuses on recovering from the condition.

“With the approval of Titan FC, I took a fight last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, unfortunately I suffered a hemorrhage of my brain stem,” Caliocane wrote in a statement. “It is not clear if or when I might be able to fight again. Because of this, I have decided to vacate my Titan FC bantamweight world championship title, out of fairness to the division, and to Titan FC and Lex McMahon, who has given me the opportunity to fight for and hold the belt and have treated me so well.

“Hopefully, I can come back and reconquer the Titan FC bantamweight division in the near future. However, for now I must concentrate on on my health and getting better.”

Caliocane’s manager Alex Davis told MMA Fighting that the fighter currently has the left side of his body paralyzed. Caliocane is already under treatment, his team said, but that could last “many months, if not years.”

“He’s a wonderful kid who was doing great (in MMA), but had that bad luck,” Davis said. “I’m not that worried about him not being able to fight anymore, I want him to be well. He has the left side of his body paralyzed, had a brainstem hemorrhage, and we need everyone’s help. He’s a young kid who can’t fight or even work right now.”

Future MMA’s CEO Jorge Oliveira told MMA Fighting in a statement that they are touch with Caliocane’s family to help in the process of gathering funds on GoFundMe, and also reaching out to other Future MMA fighters for assistance.

Oliveira is a WEC and WFA veteran who has faced the likes of Glover Teixeira, Ilir Latifi, James Irvin and Marvin Eastman throughout his 10-fight career and knows the struggles involved in being a MMA fighter.

According to Oliveira, the promotion will impose changes in weight cutting procedures after the incident with Caliocane, adopting the model currently used by the California State Athletic Commission. An athlete that arrives too heavy for fight week will be fined or pulled from the card.

“The fighter is not the most important right not, but the human being Rudson Caliocane,” Oliveira stated. “I’m in touch with his father, trying to help with what I can. I was a fighter, I cut too much weight in a short period of time, I’ve been knocked out, I had concussions… I tried to pass along my experience to them.

“It’s sad to see a young talent, who loves what he does, have to interrupt his journey because of something like this. God willing — and I know Rudson is a faithful kid — this pause is temporary. But, again, the most important right now is the human being Rudson Caliocane.”

Titan FC's COO Lex McMahon also released a statement on Caliocane’s GoFundMe page.

“Unfortunately, our reigning bantamweight champion, Rudson Caliocane recently suffered a serious injury to his brain stem,” McMahon wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Rudson as he navigates a difficult and uncertain recovery process. In light of his injury and the uncertainty related to his timetable to return to competition Rudson has elected to vacate his title so he can focus his energy on making a full recovery. In the event that Rudson is medically cleared to return to competition, he will immediately challenge for the title he is now vacating.

“Titan FC in conjunction with Rudson’s long time manager, Alex Davis will be launching a GoFundMe campaign and Titan FC will donate a percentage of ticket sales from our upcoming event on Dec 20th to raise proceeds to help aid Rudson with the substantial costs associated with his recovery. We wish the champ all the best and a speedy recovery!”