http://www.cagepotato.com/‘oh-shit’-moment-weekend-japanese-fighter’s-ear-torn-pancrase'Oh, Shit!' Moment of the Weekend: Fighter’s Ear Torn Off in Pancrase
(“Look, you’re going to have to speak up. I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” PicProps: MMAFighting.com)
Here’s one of those uplifting, Mitch Albom-style stories to get your weekend started: MMA Fighting.com Japanese correspondent Daniel Herbertson reports from last night’s “Pancrase: Passion Tour 5” event that Shigeki Uchiyama’s bout with Masaya "J-Taro" Takita had to be called off when, uh, a good chunk of Uchiyama’s cauliflower ear got torn off during a takedown attempt against the ropes.
Now, listen. We’re just going to say this once: Only follow the jump if you want to see a photo of Uchiyama’s ear lying on the canvas after it’s been severed from his body. Seriously, people …
(More PicProps: Daniel Herbertson, MMA Fighting)
Herbertson reports that Uchiyama appeared headed for victory in the fight after bloodying Takita with strikes and successfully dictating the pace of the contest, but that the bout was stopped as soon as the referee realized what had happened. From the initial report:
"Things were looking good for the Grabaka fighter until somehow, during a double leg takedown that fell through the ropes, the top off his ear was torn off.
It was not clear how the cauliflowered ear was torn but blood could be seen on the top and bottom ropes. Most likely, Uchiyama's ear was caught in the vertical ropes that keep the horizontal ropes even, although no blood could be seen on them."
The bout was stopped at 2:57 of the second round. Takita was declared the winner by TKO (doctor stoppage, obviously). It was just Uchiyama’s second professional loss, dropping his record to 9-2. Takita advanced to 10-12-2. The victory snapped a three-fight losing streak for the fighter, dating back to October of 2008.
It should be noted that this is not the first time a cauliflower ear and a ring rope have met up with disastrous consequences, just the first time in recent memory that it’s happened during an unscripted bout.
Pretty sick I have to say......