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Neck Herpes

If you thought TUF4 pushed the boundaries of nastiness with all the staph infections and skin diseases you can handle, wait till you read this shit about what happened on last night’s TUF (and yes, I’m assuming none of you actually bothered to watch the show):

Soon after the selections, Team Rampage notices that third-round pick Paul Bradley has a rash on his neck. A few guys say they won’t roll with him because they don’t want to contract anything that might send them home. Jackson jokes that they may need to quarantine him.

However, the laughter is gone the next day when the UFC’s dermatologist determines that Bradley’s rash is likely stress-related and that it’s still “possible” it could jump to a teammate.

The next day, Dana shows up at a Team Rampage workout to meet with Bradley.

Quite bluntly, he tells him, “We’ve got to send you home kid. We can’t have you here.”

Bradley agues that the doctor said he won’t be contagious after two days because of the medication he’s on. Dana, though, says he can’t risk him breaking out again. Bradley, understandingly, doesn’t take it well and asks for another day and says he can’t leave and that he gave up way too much to be on the show, including his job as a wrestling coach.

So what was it that Paul Bradley had? Herpes Gladiatorum.

Individuals that participate in contact sports such as wrestling, rugby, and soccer sometimes acquire a condition caused by HSV-1 known as herpes gladiatorum, scrumpox, wrestler’s herpes or mat herpes. Abraded skin caused by contacts sports provides an area of entry for HSV-1. Symptoms present within 2 weeks of direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, and include skin ulceration on the face, ears, and neck. This disorder may cause fever, headache, sore throat and swollen glands, and occasionally affects the eyes. Physical symptoms sometimes recur in the skin.

Now I’m warning you now not to click on that above link unless you want to vomit forever and ever until there is nothing left to vomit and you’re just heaving like a cat trying to pass the world’s largest hairball. FOREVER.

I know I played a violin for that dude who got knocked the fuck out last week, and a lot of people are doing their own solos right now over Bradley getting the boot over this. But this herpes shit scares the fuck out of me, and that’s about all I can think while writing about it. Literally my mind is just going OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG and I’m now shopping around for the rashguard which most resembles a full body scuba diving suit.

Fucking gross, man. If this is what Dana White meant by “Must See TV”, I’m going to pass.

  • Omomatta

    Come on Dana……….I promise I won’t give anyone else neck herpes. That haunted my dreams last night. Any type of blister or sore like that freaks me out. Neck herpes………..AAAAH Crap! Now I’m thinking about it again. thanks fightlinker.

  • Jemaleddin

    Thanks for putting the warning not only after the link, but after a blockquote as well. MY EYES BURN WITH THE EYE HERPES. (Which I got from looking at Edith.)

  • Carcass

    meh, its just shingles. Special type of shingles but shingles nonetheless. John Wayne Parr had shingles on Contender Asia and they just quarantined him for a week and then brought him back…

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  • Amy Robinson

    I’m seriously not one for conspiracy therories, but as soon as the show started leading towards ousting Paul, my very first reaction was, Holy crap they’re using the rash as an excuse to get rid of him because his fight and fighting style was horrible, and he very well could have layed-n-prayed all the way through the competition and they’d be stuck with such an incredibly boring and predictible fighter as their champion.

    Ya, thats pretty crazy but think about it, he had already been there 4 days, and fought with it, before anybody started talking about it. Now, if it was so bad, how could they have missed it up until then, with all the pre-fight doctors inspections, etc.? And if they did see it then they obivously weren’t worried enough to not let him fight, but then all of a sudden were so worried by it that they had to get rid of him for it?

    I think thats really shady shit right there. Now, I really did not like Paul, he gives wrestlers a stereotype bad name and was painfully not even trying to be a multi-faceted fighter. But this was all obvious! If the UFC didn’t want that then they should’ve cut him in the trials, not bring him all the way to the show and then decide to jump on the stupiest reason to send him home. Yes, that shit is contagious, but like I said that didn’t seem to matter to the powers that be before his fight, seems like something that could’ve been worked around, it just wasn’t wanted that way.

    Just my rant, but IMO that was a very prime and transparent case of this really notorious and excessive backdoor dealings that has been continually escalating in the UFC. Seems Randy was right about all this shit.

  • Erin

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d have no interest in rolling with someone who could give me herpes. It may be a pretty mild version thereof, there’s medication, and you can treat it, but it’s still pretty damn incurable.

    Plus, there’s a whole lotta body parts that could end up getting rubbed against someone’s neck during a fight. I don’t think anyone wants inner-elbow herpes, or some such.

  • #1 jackal

    :) lol, did you see the genital herpes in that wiki link.
    i always wondered what that looked like. thanks fightlinker.

  • catch

    It’s not fair to him that he had to leave, but it would’ve been even more unfair to the other guys if he got to stay.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    Paul Bradley has Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and that is very common. I’m sure that almost everyone has it in some form. If you ever had a cold sore, you have it in your system forever I think. Cold sores are caused by a different strand of the virus from the kind that you get on your neck. There are many different strands of the virus.

    Though I must say that after watching an episode about a guy who had herpes on his neck, I felt like taking a shower. Herpes freaks the shit out of me. I have a major herpes phobia. That’s why whenever I see a skank like Edith, I fear I’ll catch something just by looking at her. Those images of herpes cock come up in my head and I go mad. I figured at first that maybe Bradley caught it by getting a hickey from a girl with a cold sore or something but after seeing the exclusive Bradley Quarantine video, he admits that he actually got it from wrestling in college.

  • fightlinker

    Sure everyone might have some form of herpes, but we all have some form of blood cells too. Just some forms of blood cells are cancerous and kill joo!