Anyone vaguely familiar with mixed martial arts wouldn’t be surprised to learn: those who strap on four-ounce gloves and get locked inside a cage are tough. What is surprising, even for those who watch the sport on a regular basis, is just how awe-inspiringly tough these competitors can be.
Blood, sweat, and tears splatter the screen, but broken bones can go unseen by cameras. Once in awhile, microphones will pick up a fighter sharing with their cornermen between rounds that they think something may be broken. Instead of being paralyzed by the pain or quitting on the stool, they push forward. Following a gritty performance and a trip to the hospital, the fighter may reveal the damage to their bone structure via an image of their x-ray.
Several examples include:
Anthony Smith’s broken hand after defeating Alexander Gustafsson by way of submission at UFC Sweden
Urijah Faber’s broken hand after going all five championship rounds and losing to Mike Brown at WEC 41
Rich Franklin’s broken arm after defeating Chuck Liddell by way of knockout at UFC 115
An MMA fighter’s warrior spirit truly goes much further than simply skin deep.
Prompted from the A to Z Challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.