(Warning: Graphic image in this post of one of the worst things to ever occur in an MMA fight)
Just when you think you’ve seen it all in MMA, something new and gross comes along.
At Thursday’s Cage Fury FC 94 event in Pennsylvania, Canadian middleweight Khetag Pliev took on Devin Goodale and the fight ended with Goodale getting a doctor stoppage TKO at the end of round two.
Okay that’s pretty plain and simple. Doctor stoppages due to cuts or injuries are quite common. A fight ending because a finger literally got severed in the cage is a new one. Not dislocated or broken, but completely gone.
Toronto's Khetag Pliev went to the corner between rounds and noticed that his finger was missing.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 2, 2021
Colour commentator @CMPunk: "It wasn't a compound fracture, a break, it wasn't a dislocation, a break, a laceration. His finger was just gone. It's gone."
CM Punk asking Pliev's opponent Devin Goodale about the finger, but he says he was hit in the head and has no memory of what happened. Quite the sport we have here.— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 2, 2021
And if that’s not enough the search was on for Pliev’s ring finger like the MMA version of an Easter Egg hunt.
They just made a PA announcement at #CFFC94 that they are trying to locate a fighter's missing finger.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 2, 2021
It evidently fell off into his glove during the bout and is missing somewhere in the venue.
While the exact moment the finger broke off is unknown, it is believed that a glove grab by Goodale in round two may have been the culprit. And there was no need to search the arena for the finger as it was in the glove the whole time.
CFFC president is as confused as all of us. The finger was inside of the glove apparently, but they believe it disconnected here, and they found it inside the glove. pic.twitter.com/rgGffsUdBV— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 2, 2021
So now that the mystery of the missing finger has been solved, Pliev has reportedly been taken to a hospital to get that thing back in place.
Per CFFC President Rob Haydak on the broadcast, Pliev's finger was found inside his glove.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 2, 2021
I'm told that he was transported to the hospital to have it reattached.
And now we’ve reached the part where you get to see the grossness of a freshly de-fingered hand. We said it was graphic at the top of the article and now you get to see it fully uncensored.
Even by MMA standards that’s all-time gross. Here’s to Pliev having a successful surgery after somehow fighting through that without even noticing until he got back to his corner.