A product of this sport is the occasional horrifying image of a body part that has been altered from the hardships of an MMA fight.
The most recent is the photo of UFC middleweight Lyoto Machida’s left foot which despite what the picture may infer, is not actually broken. X-rays concluded this after Machida felt pain in his foot following a kick thrown in the third round.
“I believe I hurt my foot in the third round,” Machida told MMAFighting.com.
As for the timing of the injury, Machida told FOX Sports that it occurred when Mousasi blocked a kick with his knee, not so different from when Chris Weidman blocked Anderson Silva’s leg kick with a check turned inwards. Luckily, Machida did not suffer the same results.
“I don’t know what happened exactly, but maybe in the third round I did some kicking and he defended with his knee,” Machida said. “I don’t know if I broke my foot, but it happened.”
Machida’s injury was one well worth it as he took former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi to a Unanimous Decision win in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36. The win likely earned Machida a title shot since going 2-0 at middleweight.
He has some time to wait for that title shot while his foot heals up with the next middleweight title defense of Chris Weidman will take place at UFC 173 in May against Vitor Belfort.
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