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Viktoriia Dudakova, Mike Breeden admit they hid staph infections from doctors

Paulo Costa had the most highly publicized case of staph infection among the fighters on, or slated to be on, the UFC 294 card Saturday at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He wasn’t the only one, though, even if he wasn’t permitted to fight.


Viktoriia Dudakova and Mike Breeden admitted after they fought, and won, over Jinh Yu Frey and Anshul Jubli, that they fought with staph infections. Dudakova won a unanimous decision over Frey by scores of 29-28 on all cards. Breeden rallied in the third to brutally knock out Jubli after talking trash to him throughout the final round.


Both, though, fought with staph infections. Dudakova, who missed weight by .6 pounds, said she passed out during her weight cut.