The disgusting moment an MMA fighter's kneecap 'exploded' mid-fight
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MMA fighter Goiti Yamauchi suffered a horrible-looking injury during his bout against Michael Page.
On Friday night, Page was up against Yamauchi during Bellator 292 and he did not disappoint.
After trying his hand in the boxing world with a fight against Mike Perry, Page returned to the cage in spectacular fashion, with a knockout win against Yamauchi.
Although it was recorded as a knockout win, it was not a typical KO finish.
As the contest got underway, Page was quick to establish himself in the fight as he pressured his opponent straight away.
With just 26 seconds on the clock, Page thundered a kick towards Yamauchi, which caught the Brazilian on his right knee.
Yamauchi’s kneecap was visibly in bad shape as he fell to the ground, the referee stepped in and waved off the bout right away.
Fans were quick to react to the kick.
One said: “Ok this angle is insane. Looks like Yamauchi’s kneecap exploded?!”
Another tweeted: “My knee hurts just watching this. Brilliantly brutal.”
A third fan added: “Why is it always MVP who causes these freak injuries??”
Someone else wrote: “Never seen anything like that. Reminds me of Cyborg skull injury, but to the damn knee cap. That is brutal!”
Ok this angle is insane. Looks like Yamauchi’s kneecap exploded?! pic.twitter.com/GmCIBKCKzb— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 11, 2023
Whilst a fifth commented: “This has to be one of the craziest things to date in MMA. It destroyed his whole kneecap.”
Bellator CEO Scott Coker later revealed the injury suffered by Yamauchi.
He said: “Based on the x-ray, it’s a patella tendon rupture. So that sounds very painful.”
After the fight, Page said: “It’s hard to even celebrate when he’s right there.
“I’m actually a fan of him and his work. It was a pleasure to grace the cage with him, but I really do wish him a speedy recovery.”
That result was Page’s 11th TKO/KO win in Bellator, which is the most in the promotion’s history.