During the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 13 on November 7, fans witnessed one of the most gruesome injuries in recent memory. During the third round of their fight, welterweights Max Griffin and Ramiz Brahimaj were exchanging on the feet when Griffin landed a right hand to the side of Brahimaj’s head, stumbling him.
“Pain” followed Brahimaj to the cage, landing a vicious elbow seconds later to the same side of the head. The referee then called off the contest as part of Brahimaj’s ear seemed to have separated. After the fight was over, UFC color commentator and former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz commented that it appeared Brahimaj’s ear was “literally falling off his head.”
“Mind-blowing,” Cruz continued. “That’s how dangerous this is ladies and gentlemen. It’s not a game what we’re doing here.” See the stoppage and injury below.
Warning: The clip and image may be disturbing to some viewers, discretion is advised.
Griffin rips the ear off
with a sweet elbow 👌 pic.twitter.com/F6sYLZpbBk
— ☘️ MMA VISUAL ☘️ (@MMAVISUAL) November 8, 2020
MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn shared an image of Brahimaj’s ear. See below:
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) November 8, 2020
Griffin won the match by third-round TKO. With the victory, Pain snapped a two-fight losing streak, improving his MMA record to 16-8. The finish was Griffin’s 10th in his career, winning eight via KO or TKO and two via submission.
On the other end, Brahimaj’s UFC debut was spoiled and his record fell to 8-3.
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Brahimaj’s Ear Was About to ‘Fall on the Octagon Floor,’ Doctor Says
Dr. David Abbasi, a UFC and mixed martial arts ringside physician, agreed that the fight needed to be stopped after Brahimaj sustained the ear injury. After the match, Abbasi took to Twitter, writing, “As I said, us Ringside Physicians are usually asked into the octagon by Ref to assess if fight should be stopped due to cuts or injury. However this stoppage was a no brainer. His ear was about to completely detach and fall on the octagon floor!”
He continued, “Nasty ear injury #Brahmaj at #UFCVegas13. He will get sutured in [the] back by doctors. Because these injuries does not involve ear canal & will not affect hearing.”
Usually us Ringside Physicians are called to stop fight.
This was no brainer, as ear was about to completely detach.
He will get sutured in back by doctors.
Because these injuries does not involve ear canal &will not affect hearing pic.twitter.com/bI6ZNil0ZV
— David Abbasi, MD (@DrDavidAbbasi) November 8, 2020
Griffin Called Out 2 Big Names in the UFC Welterweight Division
Pain is ready to work his way up the ladder.
Griffin had two names in mind during his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, calling out former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and No. 10 ranked welterweight Vicente Luque.
“I’m going to heal these [cuts] up and I’m trying to get in there,” Griffin said. “I’m trying to fight some good guys. Some guys I’m looking at, Carlos Condit, all due respect. Carlos Condit, Vicente Luque, you know I’m trying to get in there and slug it out. Whatever.”
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) November 8, 2020
Condit recently got back onto the winning track, defeating Court McGee in October and ending a five-fight losing streak. Luque is surging in the welterweight division, winning eight fights in his last nine. He is currently on a two-fight winning streak, defeating Niko Price in May and Randy Brown in August.
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UFC Vegas 13 Was Griffin’s 10th Fight in the Promotion
Griffin now has 10 fights under his belt in the world’s biggest MMA promotion. With the victory over Brahimaj, Pain picked up his fourth win the UFC, bringing his promotional record to 4-6.
Prior to his victory on Saturday night, Griffin had dropped two decisions in a row to Alex Oliveria and Alex Morono. He has been in the Octagon with the likes of top contender Colby Covington and veteran Thiago Alves. Griffin’s most notable win in the promotion is over UFC star Mike Perry in 2018.