Stepping into the fight at less than a week's notice, Josh Emmett's last few days have not gone quite like he would've expected.
The talented fighter was drafted in to replace Nick Hein At UFC Fight Night 87 in a match against Jon Tuck last night.
Emmett actually won the fight, moving his record to 10-0, but that wasn't the real story from the fight. That is what happened to Emmett's finger, which was absolutely brutalized during the match.
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During the prelim bout, Tuck threw a spinning kick that Emmett reached out to try and parry. Unfortunately for Emmett, he didn't do that great a job of it, as the kick badly broke his ring finger.
The bone broke through the skin of his finger as the result of the freak injury, but the debutant still managed to tough it out and survive the round without using his left arm.
Emmett ended up with a split decision victory, and then proudly displayed his injury as he was getting interviewed by Jon Anik. The image is amazing.
That picture is tame compared to the incredible Instagram video that Danny Castillo, Emmett's head wrestling coach, posted out while Emmett was getting his finger looked over by doctors after the fight. UFC president Dana White also "regrammed" the video onto his own feed.
Warning, it is very graphic.
White added: "@UrijahFaber has been all over me about this kid and he took the fight on 4 days notice, broke his finger and still won!! Welcome to the @UFC, congrats kid!"
"I thought he kicked my finger off," Emmett said in the clip.
A member of the Team Alpha Male camp, Emmett has been viewed as a top prospect for the past few years, with his last fight before Tuck being a win over Christos Giagos. Tuck had won three of his five bouts in a UFC octagon before coming up short in Rotterdam.
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