Thursday, February 15, 2007


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 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.

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