Ryan Jimmo beat Dwayne Lewis to win the vacant light-heavyweight MFC championship on Friday night in Alberta. The fight was stopped early in the third round because D-Bomb’s left eye had a D-bomb in it, as you can see. Here are more pictures of Lewis’ eye that announcer Michael Schiavello called the “worst I have seen in mma.”
MMA heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko surprisingly lost in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on Saturday night. Antonio Big Foot Silva used his height, weight, and overall size advantage to push Fedor around, especially in the second round. After Silva got on top of the Russian, he went to town raining down blows on Emelianenko’s head. The end product was this damage to Fedor’s right eye that ended up swollen shut:
Even with the shut eye I’m still surprised the fight was stopped. Fedor’s eye had shut during the second round yet he still fought Silva off and was even trying to crank his foot for a submission at the very end of it. The ringside doctor played it safely and called a stop to the fight, leaving Fedor’s future in doubt. It also leaves us with this pressing question: which was in worse shape, Fedor’s eye, or Antonio Margarito’s eye after the Pacquiao fight?
In wrestling and MMA, it’s quite common to see fighters with cauliflower ear. Their hearing devices get ripped to shreds and disfigured from all the years of pushing, pulling, and strain placed on the vital appendage. Heck, we’ve even seen someone’s potato dumpling get torn off during a fight, Evander Holyfield-style (check the pics!). The same thing happened at K-1 Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve in Japan. Kazushi Sakuraba’s ear was torn off during his loss to Marius Zaromskis, resulting in the fight being stopped. Check out this gnarly pic courtesy of God Bless the Ring via Bloody Elbow:
The ear opened up about a minute into the fight, and then left hands from the southpaw Zaromskis hurt it more. The ear completely tore off when Sakuraba shot in on Zaromskis’ leg, looking for a takedown. The referee immediately put Sakuraba back into his corner and the fight was waved off. That was truly gross, and here’s another look from MMA Fighting.
Manny Pacquiao nearly pitched a shutout in his unanimous decision victory over Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. One judge had the fight 12 rounds to none while the other judges gave Margarito one and two rounds, respectively. Though Margarito managed to go the distance, he was thoroughly battered in the fight to the point where people speculated that it should have been stopped. Margarito said before the fight that as a true Mexican, he would die in the ring, and he lived up to his words. Just look at his face after the fight:
I’m not really sure how much honor there is in going an extra round and a half getting beat up like that. Margarito already solidified his reputation for toughness taking a beating the first 10 rounds and still fighting back. Keep in mind, carry a five inch height advantage and 20 pound weight advantage, he got plenty of shots in on Pacquiao who said afterward it was his hardest fight. You couldn’t tell based on Margarito’s beat up face:
In 36 minutes he went from looking like a smooth hipster to the parking attendant in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Pac Man straight up rearranged his face.
It’s not nearly as bad as having a bull’s horn gore you through your chin and out your mouth, but what happened to MMA fighter Shigeyuki Uchiyama in Japan on Friday was still pretty gnarly. Uchiyama was fighting Masaya Takita when he went for a takedown and the two went through the ropes. Somehow Uchiyama wound up having part of his cauliflower ear torn off and here are the pictures courtesy of Daniel Herbertson of Fanhouse:
Check out Herbertson’s post at Fanhouse for more pictures including the before and after. Apparently Uchiyama turned to Evander Holyfield for some support afterward. OK, he really didn’t, but it would have been cool if he did.
As far as craziness in athletics, this has to be right up there. I knew that some athletes were borderline insane and that some will do anything to be able to perform in the heat of battle. I even heard of fans who lost toes watching games. And I’ve even heard the story of Ronnie Lott asking doctors to cut off his finger so it wouldn’t get further injured. At least when Lott opted for amputation, he let the doctors take care of the messy part. Apparently that wasn’t the case with Juan Carlos Robles. Deadspin has the scoop:
[Robles] went home, put towels over the kitchen table and blocked off a working area with several two-by-fours. He put gauze around the area and twisted soldering wire around his right pinkie to slow the flow of blood.
“Then I put a wood chisel on it and dropped a 15-pound weight on the chisel,” Robles said. “The piece shot out about six feet like a missile.”
If you’re wondering what led up to the amateur surgery, Robles injured himself in a motorcycle crash but didn’t have medical insurance. Rather than pay for surgery to fix the one injury that lingered (he also broke his knee cap and forearm), he decided to do it himself. He now proudly wears the pinkie as a souvenir around his neck. Must be one pleasure of a man. Oh yeah, I believe his record is 10-2. Read the full story if you’re still curious.