UFC Hall of Fame fighter Don Frye is on the road to recovery after a number of serious health issues resulted in him spending two and a half months in hospital, much of it spent in an induced coma.
2016 has mainly been a disaster for Frye despite being inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame in July, in fact he has described it as the ‘worst year of his life’.
Frye spent two-and-a-half months in the hospital, much of it in a medically induced coma. He explained to Ariel Helwani on this week’s The MMA Hour that he needs a walker to get around.
On his nightmare spell in hospital, Frye commented: “I went in there for my back. I broke the rod in my back, and then I had some kind of hemorrhage in my brain. And then they put me in a medically induced coma for a while, and then I had pneumonia, and something else I can’t remember.”
Don Frye was unaware of a lot of what happened as he was in a coma and had to be told later.
He added: “It’s all stuff they’re telling me after they woke me up.
“I’ve been awake for ten days,” he said. “Before that, I was out for two months so I don’t know what’s going on. It’s like a whole new world for me. It was terrible.”
He also had to endure a divorce earlier in the year which took him away from his two daughters.
Don Frye, 51, was a college wrestler at Arizona State and Oklahoma State, where he crossed paths with two future MMA legends. At Arizona State, one of his coaches was Dan Severn, who got him into the UFC. At Oklahoma State, he was a teammate of Randy Couture.