Mixed martial arts can be a nasty sport. Fights frequently produce gruesome injuries, from broken limbs and digits, to nasty gashes. Even the training for fights can produce some pretty grizzly injuries. This is precisely the case for fan favorite UFC strawweight Paige VanZant.
Late on Wednesday night, the strawweight star shared a photo of a gaping wound she sustained on her foot. Needless to say, it’s a nasty one. See her injury below.
“Well damn,” VanZant said of her cut on Instagram.
While this wound could certainly change things for VanZant, she is presently scheduled for a move north to flyweight, where she is supposed to battle long-time bantamweight contender Jessica Eye. This scrap will go down at UFC 216 on October 6, FloCombat.
VanZant will enter this fight having recently been choked out by the ever-dangerous “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. Prior to this loss, VanZant picked up a 2016 knockout of the year contender, snuffing Bec Rawlings with a jumping switch kick. This win, meanwhile, was preceded by a bloody submission loss to top contender Rose Namajunas.
Eye, meanwhile, is neck deep in a four-fight losing streak at bantamweight. This streak has seen her give up decisions to Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann, and most recently, Bethe Correia. This flyweight fight with VanZant, then, is likely a make or break fight for her. Luckily, Eye has long felt that she is best suited for the flyweight division, rather than the bantamweight division, where she is undersized.
Hopefully, Paige VanZant recovers quickly from this nasty wound.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/10/2017.