You can’t change a leopard’s spots, but it looked like Scott Jorgensen managed to change his as he stepped into the octagon Saturday night without his trademark vitiligo covering his body in dots. Resident Hardy Boy Ben Fowlkes was the first to ask that awkward question ‘So … what’s up with your skin?’ It turns out the change wasn’t because his vitiligo went away but because it kicked into hyperdrive:
[H]e suffers from vitiligo, a condition that causes skin to lose its pigment, thus giving him splotches all over his body, especially in the places where he was repeatedly grabbed during college wrestling and MMA training, he said. He didn’t care enough about aesthetics to stop training because of it, but when he was a junior in college, his mother fought with her insurance company to get them to cover a laser treatment that was supposed to help it, he told us backstage.
“I went once, and it was worse than getting tattooed,” Jorgensen said.
From that point on he figured he’d just live with it, but doctors had told him he had a particularly aggressive case of vitiligo. Turns out they were right, Jorgensen said, because now it “pretty much just took over.”
That’s why, when Jorgensen came out to fight John Albert in the opening bout in Seattle, there were no more splotches. His skin seemed to have gone completely pale, which left some people wondering if he’d sought medical treatment for it. In fact, Jorgensen said, he’d done the opposite, simply allowing the vitiligo to run rampant. The upside was that it made his many tattoos appear that much brighter, because “literally I have no pigment in my skin, so it’s like coloring on a white piece of paper.”
JESUS CURED HIM! Sorta. I wonder if he’ll just keep getting paler and paler until he’s some weird Michael Jackson looking motherfucker. He’ll become a fighting legend until someone in Arizona accidentally shoots him thinking he’s the dreaded chupacabra.