UFC Hall Of Fame member Don Frye has had a rough couple of months, as he has spent the last ten weeks in a hospital dealing with problems related to a rod in his back. A good portion of the time in the hospital saw Frye in a medically induced coma.
"I went in there for my back," Frye said on The MMA Hour. "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. It's all stuff they're telling me after they woke me up. I've been awake for ten days. 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. I didn't want to b**** about it.”
The main reason that Frye had to be put in the medically induced coma was due to the fact that the rod that was surgically implanted in his back had broken, causing pain and serious infections.
"They saw in the X-ray that I had broken the rod," he said. "I had broken the rod a year or two earlier, and then I had a bacterial infection and I had a really high fever. I was always sweating and I didn't know why. I had a fever due to the infection in my spine."
Frye is still honored that the world’s largest MMA promotion in the UFC recognized him by putting him in the hall of fame, something that has been a highlight for the fighter.
"I was shocked, and I'm still shocked," he said. "I was watching the fights and then they announced me and Ant Evans (of UFC) called and started laughing. And then Bill Goldberg called and congratulated me and then my phone just blew up. It was great," he said. "It was f***ing great. It saved my life. It was something that happened at the right time."
Frye hasn’t competed in nearly five years, besides being a staple in the early days of the UFC, Frye also competed in PRIDE and moonlighted as a professional wrestler, even facing the legendary Antonio Inoki in the Tokyo Dome.