[CW: This article contains graphic NSFW video and images]
Three days ago, Eddie Farrell was young and innocent. He had not yet seen the inside of his own forehead. Sure, he had been cut before and even had scar tissue — scar tissue just waiting to tear like tissue paper on Christmas morning — but prior to Farrell’s WBC Muay Thai 168 lb world title in Australia he had not really taken a good look around the inside of his own head.
Here he is in the red trunks just after the weigh ins, ready to go.
And here he is just after Stephen Lottering finished up raining hellbows down upon him.
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Went elbow to elbow with @stephanlottering last night! He landed the final blows and the fight got stopped by the doctor. Well done mate, you deserve that belt I'm taking a break from fighting til 2020, the fire hasn't been in me lately and I'm not feeling anything going into the ring anymore and it's not like it used to be. I'm going to heal up and give boxing a go next year, my scar tissue on my head is fucked, I look like a re life chucky doll. Thanks everyone for the support and messages, it means more than yas think having positive words all the time, thanks guys . .. I really want to say cheers cunts and show some love to my team at @samsing_muaythai having @sexual_heelan and @jack_n_lowe fly to Aus to look after me and Brooke, from cutting weight, mental support, training and the fight itself. . #thefightingfarrells #muaythai
In the video people around Farrell can be heard discussing the state of the injury. One them comments, “Oh, there’s a stringy bit.” A second person quickly informs them they are looking at a nerve.
You have to appreciate the relative calm in Farrell’s expression as he watches the people investigating the cut like seventh graders dissecting a frog.
Farrell wrote a gracious message to congratulations to Lottering on his Instagram, saying, “He landed the final blows and the fight got stopped by the doctor. Well done mate, you deserve that belt.”
As for Farrell, his plans include not fighting again until his wound is fully healed. He’s also thinking of, “giving boxing a go.”