UFC Fighter Putting Himself On Sidelines For Six Months

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For UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell, getting himself right is the key.

Mitchell suffered a first round knockout loss to Josh Emmett last month at UFC 296. The knockout made waves as Mitchell’s body began convulsing while he was on the ground.

After regaining consciousness, the veteran was helped to the dressing room.

“I’m on my own concussion protocol,” Mitchell said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ll consult with my coaches, too, and we’re basically just saying, ‘You know, don’t spar for six months.’ I’ve got to (build a new house) and (expecting my first child), but then I’m right into my next training camp after that.

“The good thing is that I don’t have to rush into it.”

Mitchell noted after that he was thankful for Emmett not adding any extra punches while he was down. He also has not experienced any lingering side effects.

“The worst part is dealing with everybody afterwards, ’cause they all thought I was dead,” Mitchell said. “Everybody that I knew was crying. On the bright side, that was the easiest fight for me. I’ve never had a fight where I’ve come out feeling so great.

“I just woke up in the ambulance and barely remembered what happened. There’s no pain, I’m telling you. But everybody was crying and they thought I was dead; I’m not exaggerating.”

The 29-year-old from Arkansas won his first 15 pro fights before a loss in 2022 to Ilia Topuria. He rebounded last September with a win vs. Dan Ige before losing to Emmett.

Mitchell signed with the UFC in 2018 and reeled off wins over Edson Barboza, Andre Fili and Charles Rosa.

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