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The Latest On The Matt Hamill Staph Infection Story

There’s been a few developments in the Matt Hamill staph infection story…

On Sunday, Hamill’s manager Duff Homes told MMA Fighting that the Commission determined the mark on Hamill’s back has healed to the point where it posed no threat to Keith Jardine, the referee, or the fighters who competed in the cage following their bout.

“The doctors and the Commission were aware and repeatedly examined the red mark on Matt’s back,” Holmes told me. “They concluded that it was healing and hardened to the point that it posed no threat to Matt or anyone else inside the Octagon.”

Okay, but what if the wound opened up during the fight? Well, according to Kevin Iole, three doctors examined him and all three said it wouldn’t have mattered if it did.

…But Hamill was examined by three physicians – his personal doctor, Dr. Vicki Mazzorana of the NSAC and Dr. Jeff Davidson, who works for the UFC. All three cleared him to fight and said he posed no risk. The scab was hard and the doctors said that even if it had come off during the fight, there was no chance of it affecting Jardine.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I buy that, and neither did Dr. Margaret Goodman, the former head of the medical advisory board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, when Eddie Goldman asked her about it. Trancription via Fight Opinion:

I applaud Dr. Benjamin for speaking out on this very serious issue. I have seen the NSAC and UFC shut down their Ultimate Fighter gym and their personal gym when there was evidence of a staph infection. With that said, I know that if I had still been with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, I would have had the fighter cleared by a dermatologist and for him to submit a report from his treating physician to the commission. I believe this is the only true to determine the stage of the lesion and whether or not it was contagious and I think it would be helpful to have the fighter and/or the fighter’s doctor explain how the abnormality was treated prior to the fight.’ That was the quote from the e-mail we got from Dr. Margaret Goodman.

Interestingly, Hamill’s manager now says the mark was never diagnosed as staph.

“I’m not sure what the doctor’s name was. More than one looked at it and they all said it was in the healing phase and was hardened and safely under the skin. It was never diagnosed as Staph. That was an assumption made by Dr. Hamill. He has since started antibiotic therapy.”

At this point, the only person who actually stated the mark on Matt Hamill’s back was a staph infection is Matt Hamill, however, I’ve yet to see anyone from the commission say it wasn’t. Just this comment from Keith Kizer.

“It was hard, dry eschar. The NSAC doctor examined it and cleared Hamill. Doctors sometimes make mistakes but I know of no evidence that says she did so regarding Hamill. I stand by her.”

To be clear, none of the doctors who examined and cleared Hamill specialize in dermatology. According to Dr. Goodman’s medical opinion, that’s why this is still an issue.

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