10 MMA Stars Who Fought Back From Life-Threatening Illnesses

Matt Bessette

Matt Bessette started fighting long before any of his MMA counterparts after being diagnosed with leukemia at just 3-years-old.

At the time Bessette was given just a 50/50 chance at survival, but while his first fight would prove to be a long one, he emerged victorious some 8 years later, when he was finally declared cancer-free.

Bessette would go on to discover martial arts and his struggle early in life shaped Bessette into the fearless MMA fighter he would become.

Bessette would fight for the likes of Bellator, who he compiled a 7-2 record with, and CES, where he won and successfully defended his featherweight title on two occasions.

By that stage Bessette had compiled an impressive 22-7 record and that led him to the UFC’s Contender Series and a two-fight stint in the promotion last year, before returning to CES in 2019.

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