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There’s no doubt about it: MMA is a very brutal sport.
From popped knees to cuts and bruises, the highest leagues of the mixed martial arts world aren’t unfamiliar with serious injuries and nasty post-fight conditions.
We’ve tracked down three of the most devastatingly scary injuries in MMA for your viewing… pleasure?
Read on to see MMA’s craziest injuries and prepare for an outburst of sympathy or schadenfreude, depending on which fighter you support.
1. Mark Hominick’s baseball-sized hematoma at UFC 129
During UFC 129, Mark Hominick experienced an injury that made both fans and judges squirm in their seats. After sustaining a series of facial punches from reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo, the Canadian fighter’s forehead swelled to truly cartoonish proportions.
Despite the alien-like appearance of Mark Hominick’s face during the later rounds of the fight, the doctors at UFC 129 determined that the injury wasn’t serious. The fight continued with Aldo claiming a unanimous victory, in one of the year’s best matches.
2. Miesha Tate’s broken arm at Strikeforce Ohio
Who says girls don’t fight dirty? During a Strikeforce event in Columbus, the league’s reigning bantamweight champion Miesha Tate broke her arm after being locked in a devastating armbar submission by challenger Ronda Rousey.
The takedown wasn’t exactly pretty — viewers watched as Tate’s forearm popped out of its socket — and it was devastating to her career. The former champion had to take a two-month leave following the injury to rebuild strength in her elbow ligaments.
3. Marvin Eastman’s gigantic facial cut at UFC 43
The most gruesome MMA injuries tend to be dislocations, breakages, and other joint issues. At UFC 43, however, Marvin Eastman showed that cuts can be just as nasty as any dislocated joint.
After sustaining two knees to the head, Marvin Eastman hit the floor after opponent Vitor Belfort pummeled him with facial punches. The end result was the infamous cut that caused gasps in the audience, and ended the fight in Belfort’s favour.
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