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NICHOLAS PETTAS BLOG: Leukemia !

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Leukemia !

I just found out that a very dear friend of mine has been diagnosed with Leukemia! his name is Nobu Hayashi, and he is a K-1 fighter. For those of you who don't know him let me just tell you that he was the last opponent of Andy Hug, whom eventually died of acute Leukemia. It had progressed too far for the doctors to do anything preventive and he passed away just a few days after it was found in his blood stream. Nobu is like a younger brother to me, I met him in Seattle before he was anything from a fighter. He was 126kg and huge, he was full of heart and really wanted to make it into the K-1. I told him to go to Holland and join one of the big gyms over there, and 6 months later he was a Uchi Deshi in Chakuriki. At the time Peter Aerts was still there and Badr Hari was either just a little kid or he hadn't even started to train there yet. The next time I saw him he became runner up at the K-1 Japan GP and fought against Musashi in the final. I ended up fighting him the following year in that very same tournament. But now all I can think of is how hard it must be for him in the darkest hour of his life. When I find the chance I am gonna go see him! My prayers go out to him...

白血病!そう、本当に人間この言葉を聞くだけでドキッとします、昔アンディーフグ選手はそれで亡くなったです。そのアンディーフグ選手の最後の相手はノブ林選手でしたけど、何とそのノブ選手は今入院をしています。それは、同じ白血病で。。。いや~、僕より若いのに。。。それこぞ、ノブ君は僕の可愛い後輩でもある、デビュー前に僕はモーリス選手のジムで練習していたら126kgの体大きい日本人がやってきた、それはノブ君でした。そこから仲が良くなったいろんな話をするようになって、僕は本当に強くなりたいのであればオランダの有名なジムに行った方がいいと思うけど!とアドバイスをしたら半年後に彼はチャクリキで内弟子になっていた。その次に見た時は武蔵選手とK-1ジャパンのGPで決勝戦で戦っていた。僕はその翌年で本人と試合をしなければならなかったけど、弟と試合をするような感じで大変でしたけどそれは格闘技の世界です。今彼はどんな感じで頑張っているか分からないけど、選手として一番怖いのはやはり目で見えない相手と試合をする。今はきっと病気と闘っていると信じている。本当に良くなるように祈りたいです。時間を作って後で会いに行きます。ノブ君頑張って!