Sakuraba-like ear injury? No problem.
"This is MMA. Anything can happen". That's a line you regularly hear from fight fans and analysts in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, but sometimes it gets taken to a whole new level.
Remember when Kazushi Sakuraba lost after that nasty ear injury he sustained against Marius Zaromskis? You know, that time when the Lithuanian fighter literally almost punched Saku's ear off? Well a similar situation happened in an MMA bout in Russia, when Ali Bagautinov took on Vadim Zhlobich this past weekend in an event dubbed as 'Fight Nights: Battle of Desnia'.
After a back and forth first round, Sambo-based bantamweight prospect, Bagautinov picked up his opponent and went for a huge takedown. The slam somehow caused his cauliflower ear to rupture as it ripped in half and started bleeding profusely. As he was getting up, Ali noticed his nasty injury but somehow, he still managed to win by guillotine choke.
It's not exactly a nice scene to watch, but you can view footage from the fight after the jump.
Gif courtesy of Zombie Prophet.