Away from the Jon Jones drama and underwhelming Conor McGregor - Nate Diaz press conference, a UFC event broke out on Thursday.
The big story from UFC Fight Night 90 was, of course, Eddie Alvarez defeating Rafael dos Anjos to claim the Lightweight title, but bantamweight fighter Anthony Birchak was also victorious on Thursday after a split decision win over Dileno Lopes.
Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, just because he won didn't mean he escaped the octagon unscathed. In fact, as a photo posted online in the aftermath of his bout proved, he suffered a gruesome thumb injury mid-way through the fight. Scroll down to see the bloody injury, if you can stomach it.
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It doesn't quite match up with the gag-inducing sight of an Anderson Silva leg break, but Birchak's injury, diagnosed as a compound fracture of his thumb, is no oil painting:
More impressive than the injury itself is the fact that the American was able to fight on for another 10 minutes after it occurred in the latter stages of the first round - eventually winning on a split 27-30, 29-28, 29-28 decision in Las Vegas.
The achievement and mental strength required to fight on with the injury is perhaps best summed up by The Associated Press' Greg Beacham:
Birchak's adrenaline clearly helped see him through in an entertaining fight against Lopes, and 'El Toro' as he is known has now improved his professional MMA record to 13-3-0.
after the bout, the veteran explained just what a battle it was to get the W on Thursday night:
"OMG 15mins of hell! Thank you everyone for all your belief and good energy supporting me!," he wrote.
"It was a hard fought win but F**K it's cleansing to come out baptized by fire!"
Proudly displaying his battle scars, there is no doubt that Birchak put everything into beating his opponent.
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