Mike Beltran, a highly sought-after referee in the world of MMA, has been absent from the sport for 12 months. However, fans may have the opportunity to see the American back in the ring soon.
Beltran, famous for his distinctive mustache, started his career as a referee in 2004. Throughout his nearly twenty years in the industry, he has received notable assignments in organizations such as UFC, Bellator, and Cage Warriors. Unfortunately, due to undergoing surgery for diverticulitis last year, the 50-year-old had to take a break from his work in the MMA cage. However, it appears that Beltran has fully recuperated and is prepared to return to the sport.
Mike Beltran expressed gratitude towards his wife and hinted at a possible return to MMA.
MMA referee Mike Beltran recently posted a heartfelt message about his recovery from diverticulitis surgery. In the post, he expressed gratitude to his wife and the ‘The Treigning Lab’ gym. He also hinted at a potential return to the sport after being away for a year.
I am grateful to be back in the cage after a year of recovering from my diverticulitis surgery, which required the removal of a portion of my colon. Last night marked my return to the stage. I would like to thank my wife for taking care of me during my recovery and the @treigning_lab for their support. I have returned! pic.twitter.com/nvwV8peQPx
— Mike Beltran (@RefMikeBeltran) September 29, 2023
Beltran shared a photo of his experience and expressed gratitude for being able to return to the cage after a year of recovering from surgery for diverticulitis, which involved the removal of a portion of his colon. He also thanked his wife for her care during his recovery and the @treigning_lab.
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Mike Beltran, a former member of the US Marine Corps, was drawn to MMA in 2002. Though he initially pursued a career as a fighter, he ultimately found his calling as a referee. Despite some initial struggles in his fighting career, Beltran has made a name for himself as a highly respected referee over the course of his 20+ years in the sport. He has officiated many notable fights, including Nate Diaz’s last UFC match against Tony Ferguson.
Brock Lesnar’s tenure with UFC and MMA was cut short due to a comparable medical issue.
Prior to Mike Beltran, Brock Lesnar, a previous UFC champion and professional wrestler, also had diverticulitis surgery. In 2009, Dana White publicly announced Lesnar’s struggle with the condition during the UFC 105 post-fight press conference. In 2010, Lesnar had to have surgery to treat the issue, resulting in the cancellation of his planned fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC 131.
In 2011, the ‘Beast Incarnate’ made a comeback to face Alistair Overeem. However, it was evident from the start that Brock Lesnar’s previous surgery had taken a toll on his performance. This match would end up being Lesnar’s final fight for the UFC before his return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Luckily, this should not be an issue for Beltran as being a referee is not as physically demanding as being a fighter.
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