Khetag Pliev, a former Olympic freestyle wrestler turned professional boxer and MMA fighter, lost a finger during a Cage Fury Fighting Championships fight on Thursday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Pliev, a four-time Canadian national wrestling champion who represented Russia at the 2012 London Olympics, suffered the gruesome injury during the first or second round of a middleweight fight with Devin Goodale in the co-main event of CFFC 94, which was broadcast live on the UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service.
Goodale was declared the winner by second-round technical knockout after referee David Osaghae discovered between rounds that Pliev’s left ring finger was missing. The official method of victory according to Sherdog.com was ‘Detached Finger’.
“They just made a PA announcement at #CFFC94 that they are trying to locate a fighter’s missing finger,” TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter tweeted. “It evidently fell off into his glove during the bout and is missing somewhere in the venue.”
Goodale failed to add any clarity to the situation during a post-fight interview in the ring.
“I can’t remember anything, I don’t know,” Goodale said. “I got hit by something big, I don’t remember what happened. I’m just being honest (laughs). I don’t remember what happened. I’ll have to watch the tape myself, I don’t remember anything.”
CM Punk, the former WWE star and UFC welterweight who was working as a color commentator for Thursday’s fight, was equally mystified.
“It wasn’t a compound fracture, a break, it wasn’t a dislocation, a break, a laceration,” Punk said. “His finger was just gone. It’s gone.”
The 37-year-old Pliev, who placed 10th in the 96kg weight class at the London Games, fell to 5-2-0 in mixed martial arts with Thursday’s setback.
He also fought six times as a professional boxer in the cruiserweight division from 2017 through 2019, compiling a record of five wins and one loss.
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