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MMA Fighter Has Finger Completely Torn Off Hand

Former Olympic wrestler Khetag Pliev didn’t necessarily want to give his MMA opponent the finger — but it seems his opponent tried to take it anyway.

Pliev, who once wrestled for Canada, suffered a TKO at the Cage Fury Fighting Championships on Thursday after his left ring finger was torn off during a match against Devin Goodale.

You read that right. Pliev’s finger was ripped right off his hand.

Color analyst C.M. Punk described it this way: “It wasn’t a compound fracture, a break. It wasn’t a dislocation, a laceration. His finger was just gone. It’s gone.”

How did it happen? Well, neither fighter seems to know. It appears to be just a heat-of-the-battle type of scenario.

“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.”

Making matters worse was the fact no one could locate the finger after it had been ripped from Pliev’s body. Turns out, it was still in his bloody glove.

In the event you’re still with us, yes, this bizarre tale has a happy ending. Pliev was taken to the hospital and his finger was reattached. No word on if he was wearing a wedding ring, but if so, he may have some explaining to do.

“Honey, my finger got ripped off,” just doesn’t sound like a very believable excuse, even if it is the truth.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Was the metacarpal bone(lower finger) completely removed from the hamate(hand bone)? Did the kick also take the skin with it? That’s the second weirdest MMA injury I’ve heard of. The first being after a fighter has his lower leg kicked, sets it down on the canvas and the leg crumples like it’s made of soft clay. Blech

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