Donald Cerrone vs. Tony Ferguson was the main unofficial audience event at UFC 238 on Saturday, with MMA fans thrilled, "Cowboy", UFC winner at 23, and Ferguson, to see. Who was on a winning streak with eleven fights, goes into the fight. And they delivered.
The two lightweights pitched for two rounds before the doctor broke off the fight over the severity of Cerrones injury and awarded Ferguson the victory of TKO. His nose was swollen and red – a sign that he was broken – and his right eye was completely swollen.
At first some fans thought it was the shot that Ferguson landed after the bell, the "cowboy" put Rand over the head, but that was later clarified. "The punch had nothing to do with it," Cerrone said in his interview after the fight. "I do not stop, I do not back down and I just wanted to keep fighting."
In the same interview, UFC commentator Joe Rogan said, "They cleaned their noses, and that's something they do." You should never do that, and your eye swells. "If a fighter's nose is broken or seriously injured, they are apparently advised not to blow. Watch this video of MMA veteran Eddie Alvarez honking his nose and then swelling his eye.
Rogan may be involved in this rough trade secret, but we suspect that many of you have (probably) never heard of MMA fans before. For more information, we talked with the senior cutman of Bellator MMA, Matt Marsden .
"It's like trying to clean your ears after a flight – that's called a Valsalva maneuver," Marsden said. "When a fighter has a broken nose and tries to clean his nose, they do the same, increasing blood pressure and causing the already bleeding and torn blood vessels in the area to open, leaving the air and blood behind That's what happened to 'Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone. "
] While Cerrone landed shots in the first round, he was exhausted in the second round by Ferguson's pace and he He was already battered, but brushing his nose was the last straw. "If a fighter's point of view is blocked, the fight must be stopped," says Marsden. "It could take any number of underlying things This swelling may have happened, most often orbital fractures that have weakened the overall structure of the eye. "Another tough shot and that could end a fighter's career and blind him."
While the fans hated to end the fight, we're glad that "Cowboy" is on the mend. We are wondering who he will compete with next. As soon as the eye heals, of course.