by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Just as quickly as Aaron Simpson had signed a bout agreement to get back in action, he was taken out again. The former Arizona State All-American was admitted to the hospital late Wednesday night where he underwent surgery for staph infection that attacked his elbow, and he is out of action for now.
Simpson had agreed to meet Dave Branch at the upcoming UFC Fight Night show on September 15, and was starting his training camp, when during normal sparring he ended up with an injury to his nose, and things progressed from there. The news of Simpson’s hospital stay was originally reported on Thursday by MMADiehards.com.
“He was in sparring with (Ryan) Bader and tore a little cartilage, didn’t break his nose, said he tore a little cartilage in his nose, and it got infected and swelled up. It really swelled up bad. He had a little bit of staph or something in his nose, and that got into his blood stream,” said David Martin, of the Martin Advisory Group and Simpson’s manager, in an interview with MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
From there, the infection spread very rapidly in Simpson’s body, and just a day ago, he knew something was terribly wrong.
“He’s a had a little bit of a elbow issue in the past, so it’s kind of a vulnerable area for him if you will, and the staph got into his blood and settled into his elbow,” said Martin. “His elbow just swelled up bad. He couldn’t take anymore, he went into the emergency room and ended up having a little big of minor surgery. He’s going to be in an IV for 4 to 6 weeks, and he’ll be in the hospital for a couple of days with some form of staph. They don’t know what it is yet.”
Martin says that his hospital stay will be for at least a couple of nights, and then a nurse will be required to come to Simpson’s house each day to administer the antibiotics through an IV in his bicep, to stave off the staph infection.
Simpson has spoken to MMAWeekly.com just last week about his intentions to get back in the cage as soon as possible after suffering the first loss of his career to Chris Leben in June. That timeline changes dramatically now as Simpson will be sidelined for at least the next 4 to 6 weeks while he undergoes treatment.
“He was just starting his camp full time with Bader and C.B. (Dollaway), they’re preparing for September 25, so all three guys were in camp, he hurt it sparring and here we are today,” Martin stated.
“There’s nobody more disappointed than Aaron Simpson. He was eager to get back in there after his first loss.”
As previously stated, Simpson will stay in an Arizona hospital for the next couple of days before heading home to continue the regiment of antibiotics to help fight off the staph infection. MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Simpson as it becomes available.