It’s no secret that mixed martial arts is a brutal sport. When it comes to MMA, injuries are a way of life for a fighter. They can happen in the training camps leading up to a fight and obviously while competing in the UFC Octagon.
While some injuries aren’t as bad as others, we’ve witnessed some pretty horrific injuries during some of the UFC biggest pay-per-view events over the years, including the devastating leg breaks of MMA legend Anderson Silva, and more recently, Chris Weidman.
MMA fans have witnessed everything from broken legs and arms to fractured facial bones and painful-looking hematoma swelling. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to injuries fighters can, and most likely, will suffer. Some fighters even experience devastating knockouts that they never quite recover from, and possibly, causing long term damage.
The chance of injury among MMA fighters and the wide gap in pay between professional fighters and other athletes have prompted some to suggest a union for fighters to protect them, especially in the case of severe injury. Like with any job, work-related injuries happen and you always need a lawyer to represent you in any injury claim that is filed. Contacting a work injury attorney Paterson NJ or a work injury attorney Bridgeport CT is highly suggested, especially for those injured in those specific states. Protecting yourself from missed work time or long term health issues should be your top priority.
Here’s a few of the most gruesome injuries we’ve witnessed while observing the sport that is called MMA. If you don’t have the stomach for it, it’s best to skip the rest.
Corey Hill at UFC Fight Night 16
Hill’s tibia and fibula were shattered in this encounter back in 2008 as he tried a leg kick. His leg was bowed at angles that should not have been conceivable, and he collapsed to the ground in pain, halting the struggle.
Mark Hominick at UFC 129
Mark Hominick’s injury during UFC 129 was just nasty. On commentary, Joe Rogan refers to a big tennis ball-sized hematoma over Hominick’s right eye as a “second head.”
Following a succession of vicious punches and forearm strikes from Jose Aldo, the hematoma began to emerge. Despite the fact that the doctor did not immediately halt the fight and let Hominick to continue, he finally lost via decision to Aldo.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, also known as “BIG NOG”, faced off during a rematch in 2011 against Frank Mir. During the fight, Nog was caught in a kimura and would break his arm.
Mir mounted Nogueira and performed a kimura submission. Nog would ultimately tap out, but before that he twisted to an abnormal angle and broke. Ouch! It was one of the more horrific breaks we’ve seen.
Jon Jones at UFC 159
Jon Jones hasn’t suffered a loss at UFC 209 and is considered one of the best UFC fighters in history. But, that doesn’t mean he never suffered an injury. During UFC 159, in a fight against Chael Sonnen, Jones suffered one of the most gruesome injuries of his career.
Jones and Sonnen were chosen as coaches during “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 17”, building up to their meeting at the UFC main event.
Despite the rivalry, Jones demolished Sonnen via TKO in the very first round, but in the process, Jones dislocated his big toe. In noticable agony, Jones gave an interview to Joe Rogan who called him a champion for pushing through such a bad injury enroute to the victory.
Anderson Silva at UFC 168
Anderson Silva’s injury at UFC 168 is one of the most well-known in UFC history. Silva, who was considered one of the best MMA fighters of all time, was still in the prime of his career when he faced Chris Weidman in 2013. Just six months before this, Weidman shocked the world when he handed Silva a knockout.
In their rematch, Silva delivered one of his signature kicks, but it was so masterfully blocked by Weidman and snapped Silva’s shin. It was horrifying to watch, as Silva held his leg in steer agony.