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Paul Daley once destroyed Brennan Ward with a brutal flying knee that left his face with a horrific gash.
The duo went toe to toe at Bellator 170 at The Forum in California back in 2017 in a show main evented by Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz.
But the standout moment of the show came in the semi-main event when Daley sealed a KO victory in the first round with a thunderous knee to Ward's face.
Check out the brutal footage below.
Paul Daley nearly killed Brennan Ward last night with this flying knee. (Ward was on the canvas for 10-mins after). #Bellator170 pic.twitter.com/O5uiNMa2HT
- Nick :chipmunk: (@BitaNick) January 22, 2017
The knee was so wicked that it left welterweight Ward lay on the ground for up to ten minutes after the bell.
You probably won't see a more convincing knockout victory in the whole of MMA and Ward's face after the fight shows that.
An image of a deep gash just below his eyebrow emerged on social media and it makes for grotesque viewing.
Paul Daley's flying knee did a real number on Brennen Ward's face. I'm going to go cry now. pic.twitter.com/ejauEYb6Eg
- Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) January 22, 2017
honestly, his ear is still the worst part about this to me
- Jed Meshew II (@JedKMeshew) January 22, 2017
how the fock does a knee do that to a face
- GandaPain (@Fang_XL) January 25, 2017
You wouldn't know it looking at the wound, but Daley and Ward are good friends outside the octagon.
Following the bout, Daley sent well wishes to his friend after the injury.
"Me and Brennan, we were hanging out a lot prior to this fight at all of the other events," 'Semtex' said following the fight per Metro.
"His last victory, I sat ringside with girlfriend and his family and coaches, and I was celebrating with them.
"So it was a difficult situation for me at first to fight him."
The 37-year-old added: "The first two minutes was running around like a headless chicken and going crazy.
"And then I look across, and I see his girlfriend, and she's crying.
"It was hard. I just hope he's OK."
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