Every once in a while, there’s a bloodbath at a UFC event that causes viewers to hold their breath.
The latest viral moment leaving everyone squeamish happened when a fighter suffered a cut so gnarly, a commentator said he could smell the blood from his seat.
On Saturday, Damon Jackson went head to head with Charles Rosa during the UFC Vegas 39 preliminary card of the nine-bout event. While the 33-year-old Jackson ended up walking away victorious he certainly didn’t leave the fight unscathed.
During the final round, Rosa threw an elbow jab that sliced Jackson and opened a gruesome cut by his eyebrow. Immediately blood began dripping down from the player’s face and left a visible puddle on the floor.
“It’s always kind of weird when you have your own blood in there,” Jackson told reporters at the post-event press conference. “It’s like you smell it.”
The event was limited in terms of in-person attendance which Jackson admitted made the surreal moment even more intense. “It’s so weird when you don’t have like a whole arena making a bunch of noise. Cause I could hear whenever he hit me, I could hear him breathing and I could see that he saw that I was bleeding. I could hear the referee talking to me. You hear my coach and his coach talking, it’s such a weird feeling.”
He added: "I see my blood squirting out like two or three inches. It hit an artery. It hit something good. It was squirting really good. It was coming out the whole time. It was a steady stream of blood and I could just smell it.”
Despite his blood loss, Jackson shared that it doesn’t freak him out anymore. "It's weird. It's not normal to get hit in the face and have your own blood all over someone. It's nuts.”