VIDEO | ONE Championship Fighter Breaks Ankle, Keeps Fighting – NSFW!

November 11, 2016 6:12 am by Tom Taylor
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As an inherently violent sport, MMA occasionally produces the kind of freak injuries that leave our stomachs in knots. In 2004,  for example, we watched a Frank Mir armbar snap Tim Sylvia’s forearm like a matchstick. In 2011, meanwhile, we saw Frank Mir dole out another gruesome arm injury, this time twisting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm out of position with a first-round kimura. Then, of course, there was Anderson Silva’s 2013 rematch with Chris Weidman, which saw Silva’s leg turn to spaghetti after a kick gone awry.

Now, we can add Timofey Nastyukhin‘s 2016 showdown with Kotetsu “No Face” Boku to the list. The fight occurred on November 11 at One Championship: Defending Honor. Though this this one is not quite as gut-churning as some of the injuries listed above, it’s still plenty gruesome.

You’ve been warned!

The injury occured towards the end of the first round, when Russia’s Nastyukhin fired off with a right leg kick. Unfortunately, this kick landed in such a way that it broke Nastyukhin’s ankle, sending him reeling backward in pain.

Amazingly, this grim twist did not mark the end of the fight. Evidently thinking about the movie he watched last night or what he’d have for breakfast in the morning, the referee did not notice the injury the Russian had sustained. This gave Boku, who is a long-time training partner of MMA legend Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, the opportunity to maul his foe on the mat until the round ended.

Yes, despite sustaining a serious ankle injury, Nastyukhin continued fighting until the round ended, where the doctor would finally intervene to end the fight. If that’s not toughness, we don’t know what is.

While this injury gave Nastyukhin an opportunity to flaunt his toughness, it is undeniably unfortunate, as it looks like it could sideline him for some time, and he’s one of the brightest prospects on the One Championship roster. The 26-year-old entered his bout with a 10-2 overall record, having scored all of his wins by knockout or submission.

With this bizarre win, Boku rebounds from a submission loss to Mongolian former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa. The Japanese veteran is now 25-11-2 in sum.

What do you think of this wild injury? Sound off, PENN Nation!


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