by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Cole Escovedo, a longtime veteran of the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion (Cole started fighting on the WEC’s second event ever), is currently suffering paralysis from the waist down.

According to a post by Laura Escovedo on MMA.tv and confirmed by Reed Harris of the WEC, Cole contracted a staph infection back in December that went unchecked because he just thought it was a spider bite or something of that sort. By the time he was diagnosed in January with staph, the infection made its way into his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down.

Cole was hospitalized and underwent an operation to alleviate some of the fluid that had built up on his spine due to the infection. He has since been released from the hospital and is now at home with a walker and is set to begin therapy.

At the time of publication, it was unknown whether Cole’s paralysis is a permanent or, hopefully, a temporary condition.

One of the top 145-pound fighters in the world, Cole has fought most of his career in the WEC and has amassed a professional record of 11-4. Known as the “Apache Kid,” he has won seven of his fights by triangle choke, his signature finishing move.

As Cole is considered a part of the WEC family, Harris and everyone at the WEC, as well as those of us at MMAWeekly.com, would like to wish Cole a speedy recovery and our hopes and prayers go out to him and his family.