Renato Babalu Sobral is on his retirement interview tour and has some interesting insight to share regarding getting hit in the head really hard over and over again:
“One of the things that I noticed is the ability to take [a] punch,” Sobral said. “You don’t take punches the way you used to. Sometimes a little clip makes me dizzy. Before I used to [be able] to take more. People think it’s from fighting, but fighting is just one thing. They don’t realize that you get clipped in training way more than you get clipped in the fight sometimes. You get a lot of punches in the head in training. Since I was 11 years old, I’ve been punched in the head. Now sometimes a little punch makes me dizzy.”
It’s an obvious result of competing in MMA for 15 years, but still interesting to hear first hand from a guy suffering it. The general hope of everyone in MMA is that the varied strikes and submission aspect of the sport means guys aren’t taking enough shots to the head to cause straight up dementia pugilistica. I guess we’ll find out in another 20 years when guys like Babalu turn 60.
(pic via MMA Weekly)