There have been knockouts, broken jaws, swollen-shut eyes, broken-in-half legs and a laundry list of other types of injuries from MMA fights. But I guarantee that you have never seen anything like this before: melted foot.
The fighter with the “foot melt” is Justin Salas, who was fighting UFC and TUF vet Rob Emerson at Full Force Fighting a few weeks ago.
Promoter Jamie Addie: “It was gross, man. I’ve seen a thousand fights and many different situations, but I’ve never seen that in my life. I think about two to three minutes into the first round we noticed the flap of skin kind of hanging off his toe. He went back to his corner and then came out for the second round and the flap of skin wasn’t on his toe anymore, it was on the ball of his foot. By the third round, it was easily a half-dollar sized flap of skin just kind of hanging there and bleeding everywhere.”
Delicious, right? So how does one get the foot melt at an MMA fight?
“It’s more of a music venue,” Addie explained. “[The Paramount] required that they use a certain staging company to do the lighting and all that. We actually own all our own lighting – LED lights and all that, so they don’t get too hot – but we had no choice. They used the good old-fashioned cam lighting, and it was a bit of overkill.”
Salas and Emerson were the main event of an eleven-fight card, so the mat of the cage had been getting baked all night.
“It wasn’t like touching a burner hot, but it was uncomfortably hot. I think it softened up the calluses on my foot and blistered it a bit, and then it just ripped off down to the middle of my foot. I was just trying not to think about it. I was running on adrenaline, so it hurt a lot worse after, but at the time I was just trying to zone in on the fight.”
The good news for Salas? He got the win via unanimous decision, and his foot will be just fine too. Salas improved to 8-3 with the win over Emerson, his fourth straight victory.Tweet
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