Warning: This story is seriously not for the squeamish or the faint of heart.
An astonishing scene occurred during an MMA event in the United States last Thursday in a contest between Khetag Pliev and Devin Goodale at CCFC 94, which was broadcast on UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service.
In the second round of the fight, Pliev took a series of kicks to his left hand and appeared to react with little concern or pain and finished the round.
When he returned to his corner his team, to their shock noticed that not only was his ring finger damaged; it was gone. Completely severed and nowhere to be seen.
You can see the kick in the video below. Don’t worry there is nothing too gruesome in the clip.
Pliev’s team began frantically looking for the finger in the cage and believe it or not, the crowd in attendance were also asked to look for it.
Amazingly, the finger was discovered in Pliev’s own glove after becoming lodged in there.
Of course, the contest was waved off, giving Goodale a 4-0 win, with the reported method of victory being a ‘detatched finger.’
Wrestling legend and former UFC fighter CM Punk, who was providing commentary for the event told viewers at home: “I don’t understand exactly what happened. We’re not going to replay it for you, ladies and gentlemen, but it wasn’t a compound fracture. It wasn’t a dislocation, a break, a laceration. His finger was just gone. It’s gone. It fell off, ripped off.”
Fortunately for Pliev, he was rushed to a hospital where doctor’s successfully managed to reattach his finger, which had suffered a 50 per cent tear of the tendon. Images of the reattached finger were shared on Twitter by sports reporter Marc Raimondi.
Update from Pliev: “All good 🤙🏻” https://t.co/TeVI5ZPzuh
Pliev, who was born in Russia and competed for Canada in wrestling at the 2012 Olympics, wasn’t deterred from losing his finger and actually wanted the fight to continue.
Speaking to ESPN he said: “In the second round, he caught my glove with one hand and held it. I felt my finger snapped. He kept pulling my glove and my finger snapped. We kept fighting. When the second round was finished, I see my [bone] was out in the open. I wanted to keep fighting because I felt like I had this guy. But the doctor saw that and stopped the fight.”
Pliev hopes to contest the result with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, citing the illegal grabbing of his attire during the bout.