With a few key exceptions, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport where anything goes. You can win by points, knockout, or submission. So it’s no surprise that many fights have ended because of injuries that will make you cringe. Just ask Anderson Silva, who broke his leg while fighting Chris Weidman at UFC 168:
Here are 8 more MMA fights that ended more or less the same way...
8. Marius Zaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Mike Tyson became infamous because he bit off the ears of Evander Holyfield. Zaromskis won his fight against Sakuraba because literally almost punched an ear off (at 2:55).
7. Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota
In one of the more controversial incidents in MMA history, Shinya Aoki not only broke Hirota’s arm in a brutal hammerlock, but gave him the middle finger as well (starting at 2:30). Hirota’s should’ve swallowed his pride and tapped out to concede defeat before he got injured, but Aoki’s gesture was still the height of unsportsmanlike behavior.
6. Masakazu Imanari vs. Mike Brown
Imanari is known as the leglock master, and for good reason. Here at 1:22, he traps Brown’s lower leg, then applies pressure laterally. Had Brown submitted earlier, his knee wouldn’t have popped out.
5. BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez
This massive cut on Diego Sanchez’s forehead ended his attempt to wrest the UFC lightweight championship from BJ Penn.
4. Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Again, an MMA fighter ends up with a horrific injury because he refused to tap. The victory would further solidify Frank Mir’s reputation as a grappler, as he had defeated one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters of all time (after escaping from a submission lock at that). However Mir would lose the next three fights to younger, faster, and more dominant opponents.
3. Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Here’s proof that not even women are immune from the need to sacrifice a part of their body for the sake of pride. Tate makes it through one submission lock even as her elbow bends the wrong way, which only pushes her opponent to go all the way and inflict as much damage as possible once the arm is trapped again.
2. Shinya Aoki vs. Keith Wisniewski
Aoki violently pops Wisniewski’s elbow out accidentally at 1:55, while trying to escape from a from-the-back hold.
1. Frank Mir vs. Tim Sylvia
Early in Frank Mir’s career, he was a dominant heavyweight who terrorized opponents with his grappling and submission skills. Yet what’s most notable about this injury was referee Herb Dean’s prompt and profanity-laced stopping of the fight. Sylvia insisted he wasn’t injured, and the crowd booed the anti-climactic end, but the replay (and a later X-ray) proved Dean right.
What do you think of MMA? Does it highlight the strength of the human body or is it a barbaric remnant of the gladiator era? Share in the Comments Section.