Ron Stallings wasn't originally slated to face Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston and, after the gruesome facial injury he suffered in defeat to his opponent, the UFC debutant might be wishing he had turned down the opportunity.
Having replaced the injured Louis Taylor just one week in advance of the TD Gardens fight, Stallings himself required medical attention after only a couple of minutes in the Octagon with Hall.
The fighter was deemed unfit to continue after 3.37 minutes after a right hand from Hall struck him just above the left eye. An image showing the damage inflicted in all its 'glory' can been below, but be warned it isn't for the faint hearted.
The picture was originally provided by the UFC's social media manager and the graphic nature of its content will surely provide a boost to the sport's online presence.
As you might expect the brutal looking gash required several stitches for 'The Choir Boy' and unfortunately for the Maryland native, who was making his Octagon debut last night, the stoppage also goes down as a TKO win for Hall.
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Praise despite defeat
Uriah Hall, who has now won three straight fights courtesy of this latest stoppage, praised Stallings for taking on the fight and admitted it gave him an advantage in Boston.
"Ron took the fight on short notice, and I don't think it was necessarily fair because he didn't have to train," Hall explained in the aftermath.
"I give him props for coming out there. I have a lot of respect for him."
Stallings over MMA record now stands at 12-7 but the 31-year-old will be looking to bounce back from both defeat and injury in double quick time in a bid to halt a now two-fight losing streak.
UFC Fight Night 59
Elsewhere in Boston the headline fight saw Conor McGregor overcome Dennis Siver with a second-round TKO, further boosting his claim as the number one contender in the UFC featherweight division.
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