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MMA Fighter Suffers Sickening Arm Injury, Refuses Tap Out

MMA Fighter Suffers Sickening Arm Injury, Refuses Tap Out

The Cage Fury Fighting Championship title fight over the weekend produced one of the most gruesome injuries in recent memory when champion Pat Sabatini's arm snapped in sickening fashion.

Sabatani was defending his featherweight championship against James Gonzalez but the contest was over just 46 seconds into the opening round in Bensalem, Pa.

After being knocked down to the canvas, the challenger quickly locked Sabatani in an armbar and extended his arm in the maneuver.

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But Sabatani, despite his arm snapping because of the weight and torque on his arm, refused to show mercy and tap out - with the referee eventually waving off the bout after Gonzalez had released the hold after the damage was done.

Having only taken the fight on six days notice, Gonzalez was crowned the new featherweight champion as a result of the victory.

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But he was actually booed by fans for the manner in which he won the fight and expressed his regret at the way in which he came out on top.

Speaking post-fight, he said: "First I would like say, I wish that didn't happen. I wish he could have tapped and saved his arm from breaking like that.

"I respect Pat Sabatini, he's been on the circuit with me since I started and I always thought I was going to fight him sooner but we fought tonight and this is what happened.

"I wish him a speedy recovery and that's all I got to say about that. I've been trying to get fights as much as possible.

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"It's really hard to find guys who want to fight me, in either weight class, and I guess you guys saw why."

It was revealed afterwards that not only did Sabatani suffer a broken arm, he also dislocated his elbow and shoulder as a result of his refusal to submit.

Topics: UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA

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