Current BKFC super-welterweight champion and former Bellator and WSOF Fighter Luis Palomino has urged people to get vaccinated as he lies in a hospital bed battling the delta strain of the Covid-19 virus.
“12 days no food, sips of water, massive headaches, body aches, fevers from day one still going today, shiver attacks, no sleeps longer then 2/3 hours, inflammation of the pancreas, diarrhea pure water just started to calm down with medication,” Palomino wrote on Instagram. ”
“Diabetes just popped up from all the steroids their pumping me with and took my first ever insulin shots. The list goes on THIS IS NOT A JOKE GET VACCINATED ASAP.
“I’m a mothaf*cking champion and this will not beat me. I will be back very soon, thank you all for your endless love and support. You give me strength thank you 🙏🏾 God bless you and yours 🙏🏾.”
In a video post from his hospital bed, Palomino still had trouble breathing as he explained in more detail about how he had initially been against getting vaccinated, but after having experienced the disease’s effects first-hand is now fully on-board with getting himself and his family taking the jab.
“I spent the last five years of my life without getting sick by simply taking care of my body and my immune system,” Palomino said. “After my engagement, I did a lot of celebrating, a lot of drinking, and I let my immune system drop. So, Delta (variant) caught me slipping.
“I just want to let you guys know, this thing is very serious. I was completely against the vaccine, except for the elders and kids that are young and still have a weak immune system. That, I was never against.”
“Now, I encourage you all to take it,” Palomino continued. “You’ve got the Pfizer FDA approved. As soon as I’m out of here, my entire family in my home, my fiance, my son, and I, we will be taking it. At least it will keep you from dying. … This thing nearly got me.”
The 40-year-old Palomino is currently 4-0 in his BKFC career and defended his super-welterweight title for the second time just a couple of months ago.
He’s also a long-time MMA veteran who has compiled a 26-17 record, including a six-fight run in the Bellator promotion and a two-year stint in the WSOF organization, where he had back-to-back title fights against current UFC star Justin Gaethje.