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Browser Crasher: MMA’s Nastiest Injuries – The Lower Extremities

Rob Evans snapping his leg in his first and last pro fight at Cage Rage 4.

Being that MMA is an extremely violent sport, horrific injuries are bound to occur.  As fans, and as normal human beings, we never want that to happen.  We don’t rejoice in a fighter’s pain and misfortune.   That said, when it does happen, we sure as hell want to see it.  Seeing a fighter in their worst moments; suffering the pain of injury for glory, money, and our entertainment…  that can only serve to inform and make us more appreciative of what these people go through, and what they risk every time they step into the cage.

Have I qualified things enough yet to justify a long exploitative post about grisly fighter injuries?

-We bring the pain after the jump with tons of terrible owwies-

This is by no means an exhaustive list (it has to end somewhere) so if there’s a nasty mma leg injury that comes to your mind that I missed, post it in the comments!

Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt @ Ultimate Fight Night 16
Corey made an arena-full of hardened soldiers’ buttholes pucker that night.  Hartt checked that kick nicely.  High on the shin, leg slightly angled out… perfect for breaking skinny legs.


Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons vs. Brian Gassaway @ TKO 32
The last in the Holy Trinity of nasty MMA tibia breaks, Pele gets rubber-leg’d.  The worst part of all three is when they bring their legs back and try to stand on them.  Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck.  Here it is in real time where you also get to see Gassaway’s horrified reaction.


Jared Hess vs. Alexander Shlemenko @ Bellator 20
Look at that shit.  Look at THIS shit.  It seriously makes me want to vomit. 


“Windy” Tomomi Sunaba vs. Rosi Sexton @ BodogFight Costa Rica Combat
Poor Windy fell wrong and BADLY dislocated her ankle when she landed on it.  She was airlifted to a hospital and had surgery performed that same day.  She spent four more months in a hospital in Japan, having two more surgeries on her ankle (one corrective, one because of a bone infection).  It would be almost a year before she made it back into the ring.  Check out Trevor Prangley’s reaction.  That’s about right.  Another angle.



Jason DeLucia vs. Joe Slick @ UFC 23
I don’t know the extent of DeLucia’s knee injury, but he looks pretty fucked.  It’s like he got Cro-Cop’d but without the benefit of being unconscious, and with a 200 lb. man dropping all his weight down on top of you.



Serin Murray vs. Megumi Fujii  Smackgirl: Legend of Extreme Women
Poor girl with no grappling experience got Megumi F’ing Fujii in her MMA debut.  Mega Megu snapped Murray’s ankle with a vicious toe hold.  Murray subsequently said F this MMA shit and went on to a successful career in Muay Thai.




Now, let the parade of heel hooks begin!


Kazuo (Yoshiki) Takahashi vs. Bas Rutten – Pancrase: Road to the Championship 1
What you’re seeing here is our beloved Bas breaking Yoshiki’s legwith a heel hook.  Yoshiki is in pain, but not sure of the damage until later when he stands up and throws a kick.  Look at his shin wobble on impact with Bas’ leg, and again when he tries to stand on it.  According to Bas, Yoshiki’s leg ended up getting infected, and he spent 6 months in the hospital.


Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki @ Dynamite!! 2008

Just a lil ligament damage, no biggie.



Leon Dijk vs. Ken Shamrock @ Pancrase: Eye of the Beast
Here we see Dijk in his 2nd pro fight, getting his ankle completely wrecked by Shammy.  Totally jacked.  Ken twisted it around 180 degrees, ripping muscle and tendons from the bone, and putting Dijk in rehabilitation for 9 months.

Lest we forget Shammy destroying Pat Smith’s Knee at UFC 1.

Or Shamrock raping Don Frye’s legs at Pride 19.  This is another rare case where the injury doesn’t immediately signal the end of the fight.  Frye spent about half the fight in heel hooks, but he gutted it out and ended up winning a split decision.  According to Frye, those leg locks had broken both of his ankles, and he later developed a serious painkiller addiction as a result of the continuing pain issues.  Just tap motherfucker!  We get it, you’re a badass.  But you’re more badass without a limp and a drawer full of illegal scrips.



Jorge Gurgel vs. Masakazu Imanari  @ ZST GP Opening Round
If Imanari gets hold of your leg, one of two things is likely to happen.  Either you’ll get lucky and just end up tenderfooting it for the next week or so, or you’ll find yourself on the operating table, getting a dead man’s knee ligament sewn into you.  It was the latter for Mr. Gurgel.


Mike Brown vs. Masakazu Imanari @ Deep 22
Brown getting his knee dislocated by the Ashikan Judan.  Heel hooks are srs fuckin biz.  Here it is in slo-mo.

—More Imanari knee wreckage—

Jean Silva – Cage Rage 25

Renato Tavares – Deep 17



Fabio Nascimento vs. Rousimar Palhares @ Fury FC 5
With all these heel hooks, we can’t forget about our favorite jacked-up Monchhichi, Toquinho.  When he gets hold of your leg he just doesn’t wanna let go.  I want to hate him for being such a dickhead, but I can’t.  He’s too awesome.

—More knees in Rousimar’s trophy case—
Flavio Moura – Fury FC 4
Claudio “Popeye” Mattos – Storm Samurai 12
Tomasz Drwal – UFC 111



Freak Knee Injuries
Justin Eilers vs. Andrei Arlovski @ UFC 53
Johnny Sampaio vs. Ed Ratcliff @ WEC 27 , 2
Patrick Cote vs. Anderson Silva @ UFC 90


  • iamphoenix

    …barely watched all these OUCH.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I hate Housimar and Imanari soooo much.

  • Letibleu

    I miss butchery class. The shit we did to those raw pig joints. Lambs were fun too. Dead of course.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Drunken ex-butcher with a magically cursed cock who makes scat cartoons – besides being my favorite Jackal you should have your own season of Dexter.

  • agentsmith

    Goddamn, heel-hooks scare me even more than KO’s.

  • shillyer

    so hard to watch. I get all cold a grossed out 


  • Sodomize Intolerance

    The Shamrock/Smith heel hook was from UFC 1.  Smith tapped and then actually tried to act like the fight wasn’t over.  Apparently tapping meaning fight ends wasn’t kosher back in those days.

  • Grappo

    thank for the catch.  i spent several hours constructing a good piece with zero typos, and lines that were actually funny, but when I went to post it here, the fucking site crashed with that Cloudflare bullshit and I lost everything.  I was dead tired at that point so I just threw this together quickly and tried to replace what I could from memory.  I’m sure there are some other mistakes in there somewhere.

  • Grappo

    “Goddamn, heel-hooks scare me even more than KO’s.”


    haha yeah they are the worst.  Some guy on a forum cracked me up when he said something like he wakes up in terror when his leg gets caught in the covers, thinking it’s Imanari about to rip his shit off.

  • Carcass

    Re the first gif from CR 4

    I train with Ross Pettifer, who was 17 years old when he checked that leg kick.  For the full story behind that break (and some hilariously unfortunate smack talk from the leg-breakee) check out the link here:

  • agentsmith

    Seriously, I hyper-extended my knee once, and that was bad enough.  The thought of my knee being torn apart like fried chicken at Antonio McKee’s house gives me shivers.

  • CAP

    Well I like it when shit talkers get served. Sounds like this guy had it coming. It’s gruesome but he’d get more sympathy if he wasn’t a douche.

    I hyper extended my knee to tear my acl, that was no fun. I drove home in rush hour traffic with my other leg, it sucked. I guess I don’t break bones I just shred tendons and ligaments. Happened to my shoulder and ankle too.

  • Blackula Jonez

    The last heel hook sub i remember in the UFC was by Mike Ciesnolevicz yanking off Neil Groves foot


    gruesome shit

  • glassjawsh

    ^ rousimar paul harris did it tomas drwal at ufc 111, i thought for sure it was going to snap when the prick wouldn’t let go after drwal tapped

  • SST

    That Megumi fight reminds of the time my Dad hit a cat in the road. He just clipped its hind legs, so it was still alive, dragging its limp lower body into the bushes to die.

  • kvelertak

    haha. nice. too bad chicks aren’t strong enough to break each others bones.

  • iamphoenix

    ^did you not look at all the gifs?

  • Redping

    the last heel hook in the ufc was paul sass btw. palhares got a couple in a row but now he’s fighter upper-echelon tough guys so its hard to ruin everybody’s career every time. he tries though

  • Blackula Jonez

    good one redpig.

  • scissors61

    It’s still unbelievable to me that grounded knees are illegal yet heelhooks remain.

  • Predator8u

    Me being an EMT…. these still give me the chills. Bloods fine, but fractures and torn tendons/ligments are a life time of pain and never being 100% again(fuckin shoulder)

  • Penney1969

    Son plaisir de comprendre votre forum. Les articles ci-dessus est assez extraordinaire, et j’ai vraiment apprécié la lecture de votre forum et des points que vous avez exprimé. J’aime vraiment à apparaître en arrière sur une base classique, après beaucoup plus dans le sujet. Merci pour le partage … continuez à écrire!