Regrettably, Josiah Harrell, who had been eagerly anticipating his upcoming match against Jack Della Maddalena in the octagon this week, has received devastating news.
The Muscle Hamster has been diagnosed with a brain disease, which casts a shadow of uncertainty over his fighting career and raises concerns about his overall well-being.
Jack Della Maddalena vs Josiah Harrell called off following alarming MRI reports
According to Maurice Blancoe, Josiah Harrell’s manager, a rare brain disease has been identified through the pre-fight MRI scan, necessitating surgical intervention for the young fighter.
— MMA Orbit (@mma_orbit) July 7, 2023
Maurice Blanco, the manager of the 24-year-old fighter, stated that the pre-fight brain MRI conducted for UFC290 may have been a life-saving cause for Harrell. Blanco also clarified that Josiah has been diagnosed with moyamoya syndrome, a rare condition that leads to blocked arteries at the base of the brain.
As a result, Harrell is now scheduled to undergo a brain procedure in the near future. This unexpected diagnosis puts Josiah’s future in the octagon in jeopardy, as brain diseases often require extensive medical attention and can have long-lasting effects.
Josiah Harrell: A legend born in 14 hours, conquering as a world champion and earning a Hall of Fame induction. Defying limits, his legacy inspires for eternity. #UFC290 Farewell my friend. pic.twitter.com/qpclwZN7UX
— King Bobby 👑🇿🇦 (@JustinHerronUFC) July 7, 2023
For the ‘undefeated’ fighter, this diagnosis represents a significant setback in his career aspirations. The uncertainty surrounding Josiah’s health condition and the potential implications on his MMA abilities will undoubtedly weigh heavily.
Harrell replaced Sean Brady for UFC 290 bout
The scheduled bout between Jack Della Maddalena and Sean Brady at UFC 290 underwent a series of changes. Initially, Sean Brady was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury. As a result, Josiah Harrell was called in as a last-minute replacement.
However, it has now been confirmed that Jack Della Maddalena has also chosen not to participate in the fight. The withdrawal of Maddalena from the fight has left MMA fans disappointed, as they will be deprived of an anticipated clash in the welterweight
No JDM fight at #UFC290 after all 😭
“Due to a medical Issue with Josiah Harrell, his welterweight bout against Jack Della Maddalena has been canceled from tomorrow's event.” – via UFC pic.twitter.com/FOYahYyuwT
— Submission Radio (@SubmissionRadio) July 7, 2023
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