Benoit Saint-Denis was desperate not to miss out on his homecoming so the French MMA star risked an open toe injury which was left covered in blood after his victory over Gabriel Miranda.
The 26-year-old had an operation on his toe after his maiden UFC victory, but his fight against Miranda came around too quickly leaving the wound open. However, the injury didn't stop him beating his Brazilian opponent in a second round technical knock-out.
Blood started dripping from Saint-Dennis' foot after landing several kicks on his opponent, as it 'split in two', but he somehow fought through the pain barrier to pick up a second victory from three UFC appearances.
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"Before my fight with Niklas Stolze (his previous bout) I had an injury, I couldn't lift my toe any more," said Saint-Denis.
"Just after the fight with Niklas I got surgery and I had six weeks without any sport. I had three weeks to prepare for this fight. It was the best and the hardest camp I've ever had because in the three weeks, the first two weeks you feel like s*** because you haven't trained for a long time."
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"In the last week I started feeling great again but the toe was still a bit open. I managed to go into the cage and knew it was only 15 minutes. After a couple of kicks it split in two almost.
"It's just the fight game, you never have a perfect preparation. There are always injuries and it's a part of life of any athlete.
"Now I will take time to heal it up. I don't think they will do a UFC Paris in less than two, three or four months so I will heal it up very well.
"After three weeks preparation I wasn't in my top shape. On top of that I had my marriage last week with my wife."
While Saint-Denis was left with an utterly gruesome injury, he did pocket £43,000 thanks to his 'Performance of the Night', which would have undoubtedly eased the pain.
In fact, it has been some few weeks for the UFC lightweight, as he just got married prior to the flight, meaning a nice little honeymoon is awaiting.
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