Bodybuilder Reza Rezamand Wins First Show After Ladybird Bite Caused Sepsis

Reza Rezamand returned to the stage in victorious fashion.

Reza Rezamand has completed one of the most incredible and unique returns that you will ever see.

In November of 2016, Rezamand was taken to the hospital after being bit by a ladybird. The bite triggered a reaction that caused his foot to swell and turn black. The bite became infected and Rezamand contracted sepsis. He was given a 30% chance of survival after the infection caused a chain reaction all over is body.

Reza Rezamand made his return during the Natural Bodybuilding Federation competitions held in London over the weekend and put on a show. He competed in four events wining one gold, two silver, and one bronze medal. Rezamand was able to get down to his desired weight of 84kg and 4% body fat so he felt comfortable competing.

“Big Thanks to @2brospro_events for this Amazing show and seeing so many great athletes and great atmosphere 🙏🏾❤
1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, sorry tried but next time even stronger and better💫 🙏🏾@npcworldwideofficial ❤,’ rezamand wrote on instagram.

“These preps were an amazingly spiritual experience. Bodybuilding is a subjective and difficult sport .

I would never recommend anyone do a bodybuilding prep that isn’t doing it for the challenge of self development. But if that is the mindset, not only will you become the best version of yourself, but you will learn so much about your mind, and spirit along the way that it will improve your self awareness for life. The iron temple… ■INVEST IN YOU■”


Reza Rezamand gained an interested in fitness at an extremely young age. He began Muay Thai kickboxing classes at the age of 12 and this caused his passion to grow to exponential heights. He grew up as a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger and this led him down the path of bodybuilding. Rezamand began competing in natural bodybuilding but had to put it on hold in 2016.

Rezamand began feeling discomfort in his hand and neck after being bitten. This is when he drove himself to a hospital, where they admitted him for the night and was given antibiotics. The medicine did not work and his foot began to swell. This is when he was moved to another hospital and this is where they determined that the bite had caused sepsis.

The doctors did not give him a great chance but Rezamand was able to defeat the infection and return to the stage. The 37-year-old bodybuilder will not be able to compete moving forward and train at his usual level.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.