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|Randy Couture hardly missed a beat after having his arm snapped by a Gabriel Gonzaga kick.|
Here's a list of MMA most resonant in-ring fractures:
All of this conspired heavily against jiu-jitsu stylist Goes, who held early positional advantages before Shamrock secured a lock and tore his ankle off its tendon hinges. Like most on this list, trauma that would have most of us catatonic just angered Goes, who went on to finish the bout -- a draw.
Facing Moreau island castaway Gonzaga in a heavyweight bout, Couture checked a kick with his forearm in the third round; it snapped the ulna in his left forearm. While not obvious on tape -- Couture just shakes his arm as though a mosquito had landed on it -- photos reveal a cringe-inducing break.
Couture's attitude: There's still one arm left. The champion grounded Gonzaga and pounded on him until he was politely asked to stop.
By way of morbid footnote, that night he wound up at the same hospital as his wife: he for six-pin and steel plate surgery, she for the (false alarm) labor of their child.
After audiences "oooed" and "ahhhed" over the visual, Parisyan was quick to note that it was a veneer, not an actual tooth -- though somewhere, Teila Tuli is feeling slightly less embarrassed about that whole UFC 1 thing.
After nearly 30 minutes of competitive assault, Sakuraba locked in a standing kimura and held it throughout a clinch-to-mat scramble. The persistence snapped Gracie's arm -- and the spell jiu-jitsu had held over fans since 1993.
In his attempt to unify the UFC and Extreme Fighting middleweight titles, Shamrock scooped up rival Zinoviev, adjusted his body for maximum damage velocity, then drilled him into the canvas like a fence post.
Collarbone turned to powder, Zinoviev never fought again. Shamrock alternated celebration with concern for his seemingly comatose foe. Always awkward.
Sensing the impending difficulty in being a one-armed cage fighter, Griffin used his right hand to knock Paredao out. Clint Eastwood would be proud.
Mir, who was probably astonished to find one of Sylvia's flag pole-sized arms in his guard, wasted no time in bracing the forearm and snapping it like it a wishbone. Event cameras caught every gruesome detail; despite video evidence, Sylvia wanted to keep fighting. Wouldn't anybody?
A punch to the face was the least of Worsham's concerns: Charging toward Frazier, Worsham ate a knee to the chest that broke ribs, damaged his heart and collapsed his lung. Worsham spent a week in the hospital and was told his chances of surviving were questionable. Thirteen years later, it remains the most life-threatening injury ever sustained in the Octagon.
None of this, incidentally, derailed Worsham from winning the fight. He waited until he was backstage to collapse.Jake Rossen is a contributor to Sherdog.com.