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Vitor Belfort Contracts Hepatitis A, Won’t Prevent UFC 133 Fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama

Written by Tom Ngo
April 25th, 2011
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UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort

On Monday, former UFC middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort revealed two significant pieces of information regarding his life. Shortly after announcing he had contracted Hepatitis A, the 34-year-old claimed the infection won’t prevent him from answering the bell when UFC 133 comes rolling around.

Just four days ago, the UFC confirmed Belfort would face Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama on August 6th. Although there’s roughly 15 weeks until showtime, Belfort believes sitting the sidelines for a couple of weeks to heal won’t affect his camp.

This is what Belfort posted on his Twitter account just moments ago:

I have hepatitis a. This thing hurt so bad I pray that God will take [care] off me . Don’t forget to pray for me

I will keep u guys inform how things are going.but now I can promise I will watch every movie and I will twit a bunch . God is heeling me

Guys I just want to let u know that this hepatitis A is easy to treat so don’t worry guys in 2 weeks I am back in the gym 08/6 ready to [fight]

I love Jesus. I know that this will make me more strong then before , please God burn hepatitis and send her to he’ll

Here is the background on Hepatitis A, courtesy of TheMayoClinic:

“Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation that affects your liver’s ability to function.

You’re most likely to contract hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s already infected. Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.

Practicing good hygiene — including washing your hands often — is one of the best ways to protect against hepatitis A. Effective vaccines are available for people who are most at risk.”

UFC 133 takes place August 6th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A venue has yet to be selected to host the pay-per-view broadcast.

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