Mixed Martial Arts is a brutal sport where, at any time, you could be just seconds away from suffering a truly devastating injury.
Sometimes those injuries can happen when you're on the offensive, which George Roop found out to his detriment at the weekend.
The former UFC featherweight fighter suffered a nasty leg injury in the main event of ROAD FC 31 on Saturday morning, breaking his leg by kicking his opponent. Scroll down to see the video.
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As Roop went to kick his opponent - Yoon Jun Lee - in the mid-section, his tibia broke clean in the middle, causing a compound fracture which was millimetres from breaking the skin, saving us all from a truly horrific sight.
After stumbling and then collapsing to the mat, his bout was waved off. Roop left the cage on a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital.
Still, just because Roop's leg wasn't sticking out of his flesh doesn't mean he got off lightly, as the veteran fighter will now be out of action for at least six months as he recovers from the injury.
“The break was clean and not fragmented,” officials stated in a press release. “Roop will undergo immediate surgery and recovery in Wonju. His doctor estimates six months to full recovery.
“ROAD FC wishes to convey its appreciation for George Roop’s participation in Xiaomi ROAD FC 031," they added. "We are very sorrowful that Roop experienced such a traumatic ending to his fight, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.”
This was the 34-year-old's first fight after being released by the UFC back in February of this year, following a unanimous decision loss to top 10 bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC Fight Night 75.
With the TKO loss to Lee, Roop's record now stands at 15-13-1, with his last win in MMA coming over two years ago against Dustin Kimura at The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale.
The injury is very similar to the one suffered by Anderson Silva in his rematch fight against Chris Weidman, where he broke his tibia and fibula while kicking Weidman's leg.
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