On the heels of Jose Aldo being hit by a car while riding a motorcycle in Brazil, another MMA fighter has been injured in similar fashion. UFC light heavyweight Kyle "Kingsbu" Kingsbury suffered some nasty looking aesthetic damage to his upper back after taking a spill off a motorcycle last week, as reported by his trainer, Javier Mendez.
Mendez posted about the incident on his Twitter page:
Mendez says Kingsbury is not going to miss his scheduled fight against debuting UFC LHW Jimi Manuwa at UFC on Fuel 5. The event takes place at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on September 29. With the fight date less than three weeks away, it appears as though Kingsbu will enter the cage will a good deal of visible damage spread across his back.
Despite injuries that have shortened or ended the careers of prominent athletes from Jay Williams of the NBA and caused serious harm to NFL players like 2 time Super Bowl winning NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr, athletes continue to ride motorcycles as a form of recreation. MMA has seen the damage first hand perviously, as former UFC HW champion Frank Mir lost a good chunk of his prime recovering from a serious bike accident. Boxing suffered from a terrible tragedy only months ago when Paul Williams was left likely paralyzed from the waist down after a horrible crash on his motorcycle near Atlanta, GA.
In this case, as well as with Aldo, the fighters involved will not lose any time in the cage, but the UFC FW champion has said he will be taking a taxi until his fight with with Frankie Edgar is over, and it may behoove Kingsbu to do the same, at least until fight time. Fortunately the damage suffered in both of these recent events has been superficial, and we will get to see them compete as scheduled. I wish them, and all motorcycle enthusiasts, safe riding in the future.