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UFC star Donald Cerrone has revealed how he picked up some brutal injuries both inside and outside of the octagon.
The 36-year-old MMA veteran will clash with Conor McGregor on Saturday at UFC 246 in a blockbuster welterweight fight.
ESPN has now released an infographic, aptly named 'Crash Test Cowboy,' that spotlights the different injuries that Cerrone has picked up.
McGregor's forthcoming opponent once had both of his lips split wide open after his horse bucked and headbutted him in the mouth.
The resulting injury meant that 'Cowboy' was limited in his sparring ahead of his fight with Nate Diaz in 2011.
"You get used to the taste of your own blood," he told ESPN.
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ESPN also spotlighted the American star's 'cauliflower ears,' which have sustained 15 years' worth of grappling against his opponents.
"It hurts like a son of a b***h," Cerrone said.
"It's not as bad as a tooth problem, but it's close.
"Every time I've hurt my ears, it wasn't from a punch or kick or anything like that.
"It happens when you're grappling and something rubs really hard against your ear and you feel something pop."
Cerrone has never broken his hands during a fight or preparing for one, but he has sustained multiple injuries to it outside of his MMA career.
However, 'Cowboy' suggested that he has no lingering hand pain and hilariously said that he might "have Wolverine healing [powers]."
Cerrone has also broken his nose during his defeat to Tony Ferguson last June at UFC 238.
But one of his most bizarre injuries is that he had 12 feet of his intestines removed (according to ESPN, the average person has about 25 feet of intestines).
Cerrone sustained the brutal injury in 2006 when he went ATV riding with his pals at an expert-level track.
And 'Cowboy' was even 'briefly pronounced dead at the hospital' after he wrecked his ATV during the session.
Cerrone survived the near-death experience and woke up to learn that he had broken all 24 ribs and surgeons had removed 12 feet of his intestines.
The UFC star told ESPN that he remembered moments after the accident and how he was "holding [his] innards."
The final injury on the Cerrone infographic is the bones that he has broken in his feet, saying that he has broken one or more bones potentially 'around 40 times.'
He said: "Ninety per cent fighting stuff, 10 per cent stupid stuff.
"If I broke a foot in a fight, I'd keep kicking 'til it fell off. There's a lot of money on the line, especially in this fight with Conor."
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