Brian Foster isn't going to let anything stand in the way of making his return to the Octagon.
Foster could have retired after a brain hemorrhage forced him out of a scheduled bout with Sean Pierson at UFC 129, but he underwent brain surgery and returned to training. Then, a kick to the groin during practice left Foster with one testicle.
While no one would have blamed him for calling it quits after a second major health issue during a one-year period, Foster jumped out of the operating room and back into the gym.
Then, Foster took a fight with MMA veteran Jack Mason at Cage Warriors 44. A loss could have meant a closed door on Foster's UFC career, but the 27-year-old picked up a submission win over Mason on Saturday.
After taking the wind out of Mason with a spinning back kick, Foster latched onto a standing guillotine choke and forced his opponent to tap. With the impressive victory, Foster took one step toward returning to the Octagon, where he had won three of his past four fights prior to battling through a year from hell.
Given the incredible heart Foster has shown as of late, it is only a matter of time until the UFC comes calling. In the mean time, Foster will be keeping his fingers crossed in hopes that he never has to go under the knife again.
Sean Smith is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. Sean has also had his work featured on UFC.com, LowKick.com and TheMMACorner.com. For the latest insight and updates on everything MMA, you can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanSmithMMA.