The “biggest fight in sporting history” between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended with a technical knockout favoring Mayweather, and many fans were frustrated with the inconclusive finish. But one prominent sports doctor believes that the referee was right to end the match, and that McGregor may have suffered a serious injury during the fight.
McGregor, an MMA fighter who’s currently the UFC Lightweight Champion, had never boxed professionally before he took on Mayweather. Although boxing and MMA fighting are similar, boxing does not allow the holds and elbows that MMA does, putting McGregor at a disadvantage against undefeated boxing world champion Mayweather.
McGregor, who has never boxed professionally before, was fine until the tenth round, where he became “wobbly and floaty.” At this point, referee Robert Byrd opted to call an end to the match, giving Mayweather the win. Afterward, McGregor was frustrated at Byrd’s decision to take him out of the match, claiming that the dizziness was just normal fight fatigue.
But Darragh O’Carroll, former ringside doctor, disagrees. He believes that the dizziness was actually a sign of minor TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
In his post on the subject, he mentions that TBI can cause ataxia (dizziness and loss of balance), whereas regular fatigue typically doesn’t.
Loss of balance in TBI occurs because of damage to the cerebellum, a little area at the back of the brain.
It’s often a casualty of concussion and TBI because it’s right at the back of the brain, meaning that it’s likely to smack up against the back of the skull if the head takes a hit.
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