Chicago MMA Fighter Jeff Dunbar Paralyzed In Amateur Bout Against Rudy Bahena (Fight Card Entertainment)

December 23, 2011 by  


MMA fighter Jeff Dunbar fought Rudy Bahena last weekend as part of the Fight Card Entertainment event that took place in Joliet, Illinois on December 17th, 2011.  The freak-accident started when Bahena stuck to Dunbar’s back and sinked in a standing rear-naked choke.  Instead of tapping out, Dunbar tried something UFC fighter Tyson Griffin did in his fight against Clay Guida at UFC 72.  The 20-year old Dunbar desperately dove forward in hopes to shake off the choke, but instead he hurled both himself and his opponent forward.  The weight was too much for Dunbar’s neck to handle, which led to instant paralysis.  His doctors say he won’t be able to ever use his legs and will be placed in a wheel chair.  He may get some use of his arms back, but there’s a 95% chance he’ll never get to use his hands either.

Our prayers go out to him and his family.  We’ve seen miracles happen such as former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir, who injured himself in a motorcycle accident.  He was told by his doctors that he would never be able to step into the Octagon again, but miraculously we now see him hunting for a title shot in the UFC heavyweight division again.  UFC middleweight fighter Alan Belcher suffered an eye injury that would leave him out of the cage as well, but we recently saw him make his return to the cage as well.  We  truly hope that Dunbar will someday be able to recover.

Dunbar’s MMA trainer, Josh Bulak (operates Chicago’s No Comment Martial Arts Gym), commented on the freak-accident:

“They went down…Jeff’s opponent didn’t know what happened, and he just finished the choke. But then the paramedics rushed in, and he was taken away on a gurney…They said he’d be fine.  They said, ‘Everything should be OK…[Immediately after Dunbar’s fight] Everyone (Dunbar’s fight team) from the team wanted to go.  I told them I’d meet them at the gym later since everything was supposed to be fine.  [After visiting Dunbar at the hospital] The doctor didn’t sugarcoat anything.  They told him he’d never walk again. It was a crushing blow…We’ve never practiced that in class.  He just sort of pile-drived himself. That probably would’ve been the third or fourth way I’d teach him to get out of that. It’s more of a desperation move. You can’t really practice it. You don’t practice stuff like that. It’s just a freak thing.  He should have tapped. I just wish he would have tapped…I can’t point fingers at anyone. Other promoters in Chicago are trying to point fingers, but I don’t think there’s anything that could have been done differently to prevent this.  [After talking to Dunbar at the hospital]  I got yelled at by Jeff because someone said my passion was gone, that I sort of checked out.  It’s been hard for the gym to go back there, though. It’s hard to teach after that. Life is supposed to go on, but to see someone so young injured like that, it hurt. It hit me hard…Broken arms, broken noses – that’s about as worse I thought it was going to be. I never thought something this serious would happen…He knows it’s going to be a long road.  I don’t know if it’ll happen, but it’s his goal: Like every other fighter, he still just wants to make it to the UFC.”


6 Responses to “Chicago MMA Fighter Jeff Dunbar Paralyzed In Amateur Bout Against Rudy Bahena (Fight Card Entertainment)”
  1. The9FingerNightmare says:

    Well for one pple shouldent judge on anything on anyone!!!! I never did!!! Lisen to my story just for one second, Back 8 months ago on June 20th 2011 i was shoved out infront of a speeding car By my x-fiance going 60mph, I was dieing on the way to the hospital cuz my sleen was busted!! I was in a coma for 3 weeks, i had 230 staples in my head to cover my brian, deflated lugs and broken leg you wouldent know the pain, my shoulder was shattered, i was on a breathing tube for 3 weeks my leg was going to be cut off but they cam up with a better salution to my problem and put a rode in my leg, i was in the hospital a total of 1 month and 7 days. after being out of the hospital 3 weeks i tought my self to walk, here i am the fastest patient in michigan to heal like this in my cage and return back to the cage in 8 months, ive healed great and i was great befor i leaft and i always beleaved, even in the coma and dieing i beleaved and after and training back and here i am 7 months later reutrning back to ther cage next month February 10th in Niles michigan for my 3 title belt and its my return. This is a true story, You can look me up on youtube and face book Nathen Long. so judge be on how i beleaved and how i pushed my self! your oppion doesent matta!!!! Only mine cuz i beleaved!!!!

  2. Brian Hayden says:

    Please support Jeff Dunbar and his family. For every MM Eh! shirt sold though, $5.00 will go to Jeff Dunbar and his family. He needs our help BIG TIME! PLEASE share this post with as many people as you can.

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  3. Cuzin Richard says:

    Man may Godbless my cuzin he is a great person, an awesome family member. No that God is not through here yet, there are more blessings/miracles to come to him.

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  4. Lydia says:

    My prayers r wit the family. I pass the word on my twitter. Praying I get answers. B positive. The energy of having hope n faith is great. God be wit u all. Amen. rival online casinos accepting us players

  5. Lydia says:

    My son Pedro Muniz is also mma. Him n ur son r friends. I pray myself that god b wit him also.

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  6. Nathen Long says:

    Jefff dont lt som doctor tell you u can because i believe you can and so does god, brother take it from mmy story on here, you would know it if ive showed you,,,Believe and give it all you got Garenteed youi’ll never fail!!!!

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