On Saturday at 12:30 PM, professional MMA fighter Jessica Bednark went to St. Cloud Boxing and Wrestling Club for an open sparring session. A seasoned fighter with a record of 5-2, Bednark was training for a June 12th fight against Adrienna “AJ” Jenkins.
When Bednark took her gloves and head gear off, she told gym owner Scott Kelm that her legs felt like jelly. She lay down and shut her eyes. When Kelm noticed that her breathing was shallow, he called 911. Bednark’s boyfriend, Jay Gould, said that the ambulance then noticed that one pupil was larger than the other, an indication of brain trauma. A catscan indicated a ruptured artery in Jessica’s brain. ”Whether it came from a vital blow or swelling on the brain, we don't know,” Kelm said.