Several days out from his planned bout against Keenan Cornelius at Metamoris 3, Vinny Magalhaes noticed a small bump under his arm. After starting to feel feverish he went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a staph infection and put on antibiotics. His bout with Cornelius was not going to be cancelled... Except that it sounds like it wasn't staph. Following no improvement in his condition, he went back to the hospital for a second opinion and found out that it could be MRSA. Magalahes relayed the news via Twitter on Saturday.
Bad news: I'm out of my metamoris match against Keenan Cornelius.
On Tuesday night after I got done with all my training sessions, I noticed a tiny little thing under my arm which looked like nothing but an ingrown hair.
It didn't change size or anything throughout the day on Wednesday, I did some pad work in the evening with my Thai coach and everything went fine.
When I got home from the gym, I felt like the area was getting too hot and I was starting to have fever. When it was around 11:00pm i decided to go to the ER, and see if what I had was more than just an ingrown hair.
The doctor said that I found out soon enough that there was nothing in it to be drained but said that I had staph infection, and prescribed me some antibiotics.
I got on them right away, and the next day I notified Ralek about the infection, and also told what the doctor had told me. The doctor told me that 24hrs after starting the antibiotics, I should start to see results, and most likely it wouldn't spread out.
Well, keenan contacted me, I told him the situation and he knew the risks and still agreed to the match.
Over these last couple days, things just got worse, I had really high fever all night these last couple nights, even though I was on antibiotics, the wound wouldn't stop getting bigger.
So today at around 2 I decided to get a second opinion and the doctor told me that I might have MRSA, since the antibiotics haven't worked at all and I'm on my third day on them.
I'm at the hospital right now, the doctors will give me an IV with antibiotics and drain the area.
The Dr. Just walked in and said that this is one of the most painful thing according to her patients... FUUUUU
Well, sorry everyone that was rooting for me, and those that bought the event expecting me to be part of it... I tried... I really tried.
Magalhaes also tweeted a picture of the infection:
MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a flesh eating bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics. It's a major danger in hospital environments, and obviously grappling environments which encourage a lot of bacteria growth on their own. If he does indeed have MRSA, it could be a long, painful recovery process and he definitely made the right decision in not getting out on the mat in a grappling match. Hopefully, for Vinny's sake, he can recover quickly and get back to competition once he's free from infection.
Update: Word on the street is that Cornelius will remain on the card and is facing Kevin Casey as a late replacement.