The last time John Hathaway fought in the UFC was September 29th 2012. 518 days later he finally returns to the Octagon. Hathaway has fought 18 professional mixed-martial arts fights, but his toughest fight has come outside the Octagon. For the past four years, he has been in a battle with Crohn’s disease. According to medicinenet.com, Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines that affects anywhere from 500,000 to two million people in the United States. The disease comes and goes often causing diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss. New York Jets Quarterback David Garrard, former All-Pro New England Patriots lineman Matt Light, and retired NHL All Star Theoren Fleury have all battled Crohn’s disease.
This is a tough opponent for any person to fight, let alone a professional fighter whose every little move during competition directly impacts the outcome. Hathaway told Fox Sports, “A lot of doctors were very doom and gloom. They said maybe you should change your sport.” Telling a person who has done what he loves professionally since age 18 that he shouldn’t do what he loves, is fruitless. “It sucks,” Hathaway told Fox Sports, “I want to compete in this sport. I want to get to the top. I needed to get it under control.” Getting to the top is exactly what Hathaway is on the brink of. Carrying a professional record of 17-1 and a three-fight winning streak in the biggest MMA promotion in the world, is a massive accomplishment in itself. But defeating Dong Hyun Kim at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale, the first UFC event that Hathaway has ever headlined, would be a massive step forward for him. Kim is currently on a three-fight winning streak of his own, including an impressive come-from-behind victory via KO against top prospect Erick Silva in his last fight. Hathaway knows how important a win would be against Kim this Saturday as he told Fox Sports, “It’s massive for me. I have a lot to prove.”
Although Hathaway has been out of the cage since the last quarter of 2012, he’s been constantly fighting. After all fighting is in his DNA, and whether it’s against a top UFC contender or Crohn’s disease, John Hathaway is ready to do whatever it takes to win that fight.
For more information about Hathaway check out Marc Raimondi’s article
Written by Mike Solano