With a career record of 15-15, you may look at this and say, “Who is James McSweeney?” That’s easy to answer. James McSweeney is a fighter.
The relative young age of MMA has barely given us a glimpse of what residual effects may occur, after a fight career has ended. UFC pioneers like Gary Goodridge have allowed doctors to use his body as an example of what can happen from taking too much damage. As he so eloquently said in the movie The Hurt Business,
“I love my sport. I’d die for my sport.… and that’s what I’m doing.”
McSweeney isn’t that far off from this same sentiment. SMS Productions do a wonderful job addressing James’ similar predicament in their new video. James McSweeney: Fighting Chapter comes to An End shows the viewer how the fighter ego and fighter health are always at odds with each other.
“My health is the main reason. I’ve been diagnosed with epilepsy. They did some tests and finally it came back that I had some scar tissue behind my right ear, on the right side of my brain.”
‘Brain trauma’ usually scares a fighter into submission, unless you are Rocky Balboa. Ultimately health usually trumps ego. Smartly, McSweeny called it a career after receiving his unfortunate news. Watch the video to see him explain the whole thing.