UFC veteran Javier Vazquez has faced some of the best fighters the MMA world has to offer, but now he is facing an even bigger challenge outside of the cage in the form of colon cancer, which Vazquez was recently diagnosed with.
The now retired fighter has already had surgery done to remove a tumor and he is now preparing for at least six months of chemo therapy.
A friend of the former UFC fighter has set up a Go Fund Me page to help Vazquez with his financial needs as he battles cancer.
Vazquez’s friend said the following on the page:
Professor Javier Vazquez was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. A stage 3 tumor was removed. He is extremely ill and experiencing a number of life obstacles on top of embarking on 6 months of chemotherapy.
Once his immune system is up for the task, he will go through 6 grueling months of chemo in CA. Funds will be needed immediately. These funds will not only help cover the expenses of his medical treatments, but also assist in any additional expenses as he has decided to step away from his Jiu-Jitsu academy to focus on his health and recent divorce battle.
We also ask for prayers for Professor Javier, his two kids, and his family in this trying time. Messages are welcome as well. Professor Javier’s current situation is very dire. Your donations are so greatly appreciated.
Sherdog’s TJ De Santis, who has done color commentary alongside Vazquez for Tachi Palace Fights event, is going to be hosting a 24 podcast marathon to help the fighter with his cancer battle.
The 24 hour marathon is a go on 8/25-26. Who do you want to hear do shows!?! Help us support @javiershowtime during his battle with cancer.— TJ De Santis (@TJDeSantis) August 11, 2017
Vazquez only competed once in the UFC and it was the final fight of his pro MMA career as he defeated Joe Stevenson at UFC On Versus IV in June 2011.