- At Insider, we’ve been covering MMA for years, detailing many injuries that the sport’s athletes have sustained.
- But this one is particularly bad to look at. So if you’re a little squeamish, stop scrolling now.
- The gruesome facial injury was sustained by Devin Clark in a Saturday loss to Ion Cutelaba.
Some injuries make your entire body convulse in horror.
So, before you read on — be warned. What you’re about to see right here is one of those injuries.
It all went down Saturday at UFC Vegas 37, a 15-bout behind-closed-doors event that took place inside the Apex in Las Vegas.
In the penultimate match, a three-round light heavyweight contest, Ion Cutelaba defeated Devin Clark by unanimous decision.
What made the 205-pound fight particularly noteworthy wasn’t Cutelaba’s dominance but, rather, the effect that dominance had on Clark’s face.
After 15 minutes of combat, Clark was beaten, bruised, and had a row of three front teeth bloodied and in a position they weren’t in before the fight.
Below is an image of the gruesome injury to Clark’s mouth, so please stop scrolling if you don’t want to see it.
Devin Clark’s wounds of war.
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
In the fight, Cutelaba landed 92 of his 138 total strikes for a 66% accuracy rate, and was successful with eight of his 12 takedown attempts.
UFC statistical data also indicated that 92% of Cutelaba’s shots targeted Clark’s head, with 71% of his shots thrown from a ground position.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Cutelaba said the damage was likely caused by one of his knee strikes.
“Of course, it was my knee,” Cutelaba said. “My knee and hand. Very strong punch, but Clark is a very good fighter and I am strong and my punch is very tough, but he’s very strong, my opponent.”
Regarding the injury he inflicted, Cutelaba stressed: “I’m not happy.”
Victory advanced his pro MMA record to 16 wins (12 knockouts, two submissions, and two decisions) against six losses.
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