During an MMA fight Thursday in Philadelphia, the Canadian of Russian origin Khetag Pliev lost his ring finger on his left hand as he faced Devin Goodale. The finger was eventually found in the fighter’s glove, who underwent a transplant a few hours later.
Totally surreal scene this Thursday in Philadelphia. On the occasion of Cage Fury Fighting, an MMA event organized in Pennsylvania (United States), the fight between the Canadian Khetag Pliev and the American Devin Goodale was not completed for a surprising reason. And I promise, it’s not April Fool’s Day.
Between the 2nd and 3rd round, Pliev, a former wrestler of Russian origin who notably defended the colors of Canada at the London Olympics in 2012, realizes that he is missing a finger on his left hand. His ring finger was severed. Another problem is that it cannot be found. “It was a surreal moment,” promoter Rob Haydak commented as quoted by ESPN. “I said, ‘Wait a second, where’s his finger? Everyone said,’ I don’t know. ‘
An announcement to spectators to look for the finger
After the fight was interrupted, the US media reported that those present began looking for the ring finger in the octagon for several minutes. An announcement was even made to ask spectators present to look for the fighter’s finger in the Arena. And good news, the finger has finally been found … inside Pliev’s glove. The 37-year-old fighter was immediately taken to the emergency room where he underwent a transplant.
The Canadian indicated that his ring finger was severed during the first round, without knowing exactly how it was caused. According to him, Goodale, who was holding his glove, may have been the cause of this injury. “I felt my finger snap,” Pliev tells ESPN. He kept pulling my glove and my finger broke. We kept fighting. When the second round ended, I saw that the bone was in the open. I wanted to continue the fight but the doctor saw that and stopped the fight. “
For the record, Devin Goodale was declared the winner by technical knockout. An incomprehensible decision for Pliev, who disputes the actions of his opponent. And will appeal to the disciplinary committee.