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Happy Halloween everyone!
It’s that time of year again. The moment I scour the internet looking for the scariest injuries in combat sports that took place during the month of October and compile them into a list for your viewing pleasure (or disgust ??? … I’m sorry) on my favorite party. If you are unfamiliar with the Fright of the Night series, feel free to familiarize yourself with it and read the first volume before you jump into the second. Believe me, it is worth it.
Just a little reminder before we start, injuries that didn’t happen in competition are excluded from this list, so don’t expect to see Paulo Costa with his ripped biceps ahead of his fight against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41 here. .
Ready to be afraid? Let’s go!
Honorable mention: Joet Gonzalez’s face in Navarrete vs. Gonzalez
A few injuries were worth acknowledging this month, but I had to narrow the list down to five entries to keep the series structure the same. And then I remembered how Joet Gonzalez had gotten his face broken throughout the fight against Emanuel Navarrete and decided that an honorable mention was warranted, so here we are.
Navarrete and Gonzalez were involved in a ‘fight of the year’ candidate, but only one of them appeared to have been to hell and back. Spoiler alert: it was not the champion. Navarette surpassed a very play Gonzalez, who managed better than expected the usual approach of his opponent with a large volume. However, the 28-year-old couldn’t avoid every punch and found himself cut around each eye. To make matters worse, his right eye started to swell and the end result … it was bad. The more shots he received from Navarette, the more his eye swelled and began to close. His cutman Mike Bazzel has expressed concern about it, but Gonzalez has done things to Gonzalez and fought the injury. It was a valiant effort, but not enough for him to beat the champion and walk away with the WBO featherweight belt. He left with a few bumps and bruises, pictured below.
Navarette acknowledged how strong Gonzalez was and said he would give him a rematch in the future. But for now, Gonzalez can focus on recovering from the damage he took on their first outing.
No. 5: Albert Duraev‘s Eye and Romain kopylovNose to UFC 267
Our list begins with a double whammy that happened several hours ago. There really is no rest for the wicked.
Regardless, we made it to Abu Dhabi on Saturday and were treated to a preliminary middleweight bout between Albert Duraev and Roman Kopylov. Duraev won a UFC contract over a month ago on an episode of Contender Series and was the first contract winner of the recent season to make his promotional debut that same year. He was due to meet Alessio Di Chirico, but the Italian was forced to step down and Kopylov was hired to replace him. No matter how you cut it, it was a tough test for Duraev – and it didn’t take long for him to find out just how tough the UFC can be. Duraev was cracked with Kopylov’s stiff left hands and before you knew it his eye was closed and adorned with three different cuts. Ouch. The eye alone was worth mentioning, but it wouldn’t be the only noticeable injury to come out of the fight.
Kopylov didn’t come out unscathed either. Duraev got one out in the second round and got to work immediately. He tried to make a submission, but figured it was best to stand up straight and rain the upper control’s punches and elbows. This decision paid off for him as he brutalized the Russian fighter for what probably felt like an eternity and opened his nose wide. In the midst of this assault, Kopylov also suffered a nasty bruise on his forehead, but it was evident that his nose was far more horrible than this bump. Duraev and Kopylov went to the judges’ scorecards, which declared the UFC debutant the winner by unanimous decision. While only one man may be an official winner, both men left the Octagon with wages of their war and this is a victory from all sides in my book.
Number 4: Kane Mousahthe front of the Bellator 267
I wrote it before and I will write it again: Kane Mousah suffered one of the worst cuts in mixed martial arts history. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Mousah returned to the Bellator cage and faced Davy Gallon on the preliminary part of Bellator 267. You may remember Gallon for his viral thunderclap from UFC veteran Ross Pearson (click here for refresh your memory) – the French fighter is certainly no stranger to the highlights of his career. He won another, this time against Mousah. A first round of back and forth between the light competitors was punctuated by a nudge that cut through Mousah’s forehead. Gallon tied up his opponent before throwing him to the ground, which meant fans couldn’t see the gash immediately. Once the horn signifying the end of the round sounded, we had our chance. Mousah stood up and walked to his corner with blood cascading down his face. Her cutman sprang into action, wiped off the blood fluid to reveal the laceration and it was a sight to behold. The length and depth of the injury met the criteria for a doctor’s stoppage (and I fully believed the fight was going to be stopped between rounds), but it wasn’t! Shocking, right?
Mousah was allowed to continue fighting and achieving a competitive performance, but was defeated by Gallon by unanimous decision. He received backstage stitches and has since had them removed, leaving a pretty impressive scar.
No. 3: Damon jacksonis cut to UFC Vegas 39
A cut like the one Damon Jackson got at UFC Vegas 39 was awful. But was it horrible enough to beat Kane Mousah for third place on this list? Yes it was, and here’s why: all the blood.
Jackson dominated Charles Rosa on the floor and looked like he was on the verge of winning, but Rosa had a good time in the third round which nearly derailed her almost certain victory. Rosa hit Jackson with a spinning elbow that connected to the side of his head with a thud. Jackson called and caught Rosa to score a takedown, but as we would soon find out, that elbow made matters worse for the UFC veteran. Rosa’s Corner and play-by-play announcer Jon Anik quickly noted that Jackson was “running away from something fierce” and when the camera angle changed there was already a pool of blood on it. the Web. Amid the heavy bleeding, Jackson had a large cut next to his eyebrow. To his credit, however, he continued to fight and solicit bids. But, every time he tried to get one, he literally forced more blood out of his head. Honestly, the amount of blood there was almost equal to the amount used by Stanley Kubrick to fill the elevator in this iconic scene from The brilliant. I would like to joke.
Jackson survived and took the victory. He needed 18 stitches to close the cut. Check it out below (courtesy of MMA Fighting‘s Damon Martin).
N ° 2: Eye to the glory of Rico Verhoeven: Collision 3
Rico Verhoeven won the war against Jamal Ben Saddik, but his recent battle at Glory: Collision 3 won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Kickboxing heavyweight champion Glory put his title on the line against a familiar foe to Ben Saddik, who replaced an injured Alistair Overeem in the short term. Verhoeven and Ben Saddik were 1-1 in this trilogy fight – both men scored technical knockouts of each other – and it defied expectations. Verhoeven was stunned by a barrage of punches from Ben Saddik that sent him to the mat. As the champion rose to beat the count of eight, a deep cut under his left eye was spotted and it got worse as the fight continued. Not only did the cut go farther away with each punch, but his eye also grew about three times larger than it would normally look like. Despite the hindrance to his vision, Verhoeven turned the tide against Ben Saddik, visibly exhausted at the end of the third round. A few minutes later, the champion put his foot on the accelerator and stopped the challenger to keep his belt.
Verhoeven thanked Ben Saddik for the test and said he was happy to share the ring with him again, even though he was virtually unrecognizable by the end of the night.
No. 1: Danny roberts‘Head to UFC Vegas 40
Have you ever seen a severed open head? Do you want? Well, there it is.
Danny Roberts picked up a surprise victory over Ramazan Emeev at UFC Vegas 40 after a nearly two-year absence from the Octagon. The fight was very close, and Roberts and Emeev had their moments, but the most important came in the second round. Emeev opened an elbow that opened a cut on the top of Roberts’ head. Blood flowed from the cut, but it was hard to see where it was coming from and how bad it was by watching it in real time.
After the fight, we took a close look at what happened to Roberts’ head. UFC President Dana White shared photos of her head before and after it was stitched up by medics, and maybe I should warn you now. This injury is insane and certainly not for the disgusted guy. There is a silver lining, however. Dr David Abbasi – orthopedic surgeon and ring doctor known for his injuries – revealed that Roberts’ stitches would be easily removed in about ten days. Good news for someone who’s had their head blown off!