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At UFC 159, the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Jon Jones successfully defended his title against Chael Sonnen. It was a fight that turned out the way most people expected, but it was the nasty-looking broken toe that was seen after the fight ended with a first round TKO on Jones that left many talking. There have been so many grizzly injuries in sports as of late including the injury to Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware, but what are the worst in the history of the UFC?
1. Corey Hill
The former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter, Hill was one of the most popular fighters on his season of the show. While he didn’t make it far inside the TUF house, he had a chance to compete inside the Octagon. He won his first fight in the UFC before losing to Justin Buchholz. In his third fight, he was taking on Dale Hartt at UFC: Fight for the Troops in December 2008. Hill threw a leg kick at Hartt and the move was checked. The kick broke Hill’s leg in half and he didn’t notice the injury until he tried to stand on his leg and fell to the mat.
2. Jon Jones
The fact that it appears Jones broke his big toe on a takedown early in the fight with Sonnen and continued fighting without even realizing the injury was amazing. There have been other fights in mixed martial arts stopped due to a broken toe in the past, so Jones’ ability to fight through and get the finish on the brash Sonnen speaks volumes. Had he not finished the fight, Sonnen could finally be a champion. But he did and we are all left with images of Jones’ bloody toe looking slightly titled.
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
“Big Nog” is one of the most respected competitors in the history of MMA. With a 34-7-1 record, he has fought the best fighters in the history of the sport. He was the interim UFC heavyweight champion after defeating Tim Sylvia in 2008 and was the first ever PRIDE heavyweight champion. None of that mattered when he stepped into the Octagon with Frank Mir in 2011. At UFC 140, Mir caught Nogueira in a Kimura and after refusing to tap out, Mir continued to crank the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt’s arm until it snapped, causing the referee to step in and end the fight.
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