(Warning: Graphic image in this post of one of the worst things to ever occur in an MMA fight)
Canadian MMA fighter Khetag Pliev began his fight against Devin Goodale on Thursday night with 10 fingers, as almost every fighter begins almost every fight, but he ended it with nine. Fans in attendance for Cage Fury FC 94 in Philadelphia got to witness the first win by TKO – (Detached Finger) in promotion history, as the fight ended between the second and third rounds when someone in Pliev’s corner pointed to where his left ring finger used to be and was, presumably, like “Where’d that one go?” Nobody knew where the digit was at the time, but it was very clear that it was not where it was supposed to be (on his hand).
While the exact circumstances of the detachment are not yet clear, the two fighters spent a good chunk of the second round grappling, and it seems a glove grab from Goodale may have began the ignominious sequence. “In the second round, he caught my glove with one hand and held it,” Pliev said. “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.“
Eventually, Pliev’s finger was found tucked away in his glove — where it had been the entire time — but, here’s the crazy part … Pliev did NOT immediately go to the hospital to have it reattached!!!
Event promoter Rob Haydak says Pliev actually begged to continue the match … and even though officials wouldn’t let him, he still stayed in the ring for the post-fight announcement, where Goodale was rewarded with a TKO decision.
Pliev — a wrestler who competed for Canada in the 2012 Olympics — came into the fight with a 5-1 record. He said he plans on appealing Thursday night’s fight result.