Daniel Sturridge appears in all-access UFC 175 vlog -includes exclusive footage

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Daniel Sturridge is one of the leading lights in his chosen sport of soccer, starring for both Liverpool and England on a regular basis.

Exclusive access

But the former Chelsea striker is a known enthusiast of several others sports too - namely NBA and UFC. And whilst he made sure to keep up to date with the NBA Finals when preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup earlier this summer, UFC's president Dana White went one step better than that by inviting Sturridge down to the recent UFC 175 event.

The Liverpool ace certainly couldn't have picked a more dramatic, or gruesome, event to attend with the pay-per-view getting everyone talking back in July.

Luckily for those of us not fortunate to be a world class athlete the UFC v-log crew were on hand to ensure it wasn't just Sturridge who was afforded behind-the-scenes access to the UFC environment on fight night.

And now the all-access footage - presented by White himself - has been released for us to enjoy.

With exclusive footage of both Ronda Rousey's split knuckle and Uriah Hall's horrific toe injury it is certainly an action packed seven minutes.

You can check it out below (WARNING: Strong language)

Sturridge makes his pick

Sturridge can be seen meeting with Dana White and TUF Executive Producer Craig Piligian early in the night and, after admitting his devastation at England's World Cup failure, the Liverpool man reveals his pick for 175's marquee fight; Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida.

"I'm excited to be here," says Sturridge.

"I can't wait for the fight, seriously. I can't wait. I'm hoping Machida's going to do it but we'll see, we'll see."

As we all now know however Sturridge's man did not do it, losing to Weidman in a unanimous decision on July 5th.

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Eventful evening

With the video spanning the entire fight night fans have the chance to get unbridled access to one of the most eventful nights in UFC history.

The emotional and heartfelt response from Matt Mitrione to the news that his slated opponent - Stefan Struve - had passed out and would be able to make his comeback fight following heart surgery is truly harrowing.

That is followed by the frankly disturbing footage of doctors returning Uriah Hall's toe to its proper place after the fighter's heroic bout in which he continued on despite a broken toe.

Hall's matter of fact tone in the aftermath shows the adrenaline running through UFC fighter's in the heat of the moment.

Throw in Ronda Rousey's split knuckle, described by the female star herself as an "exploded knuckle", and White's obvious anger with one reporter's questions for Rousey and it is certainly an action packed video.

If Daniel Sturridge has had the pleasure of watching it back since the video's release this past week he must be pretty happy with his career choice - for his personal health if nothing else.

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