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The Beatdown: The Top 10 injuries in MMA history

May 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

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By Tim Gilmour:

When Mark Hominick was able to blow a bubble with his forehead at UFC 127, he earned a special place in MMA history with one of the more gruesome in-fight injuries of all time. What are the others that come to mind? Which injuries elicited the most ‘ooohs’ and winces from the viewers?

We’re talking visuals here — blood, bumps, bones, etc. I would love to include the groin kick to Chris Tuchscherer that had him downed for five minutes and dry heaving. And I would have included the tragic broken rib/damaged heart/collapsed lung that had Cal Worsham clinging to life after UFC 9. I really would. But sorry fellas, I can’t see those injuries. Honorable mention?

(CAUTION: If blood and disfigurement is not your thing, do not click on these links). In no particular order:

1. Hominick’s Second Head. Give credit to Hominick for not toppling over with all that extra weight on the right side of his head. More credit for coming back to win the fifth round in convincing fashion.

2. Frank Mir’s Second Face. Mir took quite the beating from Brock Lesnar in their second meeting at UFC 100. When he finally got back up, his um, face, was swollen. Had you just tuned in, you would think you were looking at John C. Reilly.

3. Joe Stevenson’s Blood Donation. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone bleed more than Stevenson did against BJ Penn at UFC 80. Not that he was winning the fight in the first place, but he didn’t stand much of a chance when he had to spend half his energy wiping his face.

4. Diego Sanchez’ Bloody Face. I thought Sanchez had the best chance to unseat BJ Penn as lightweight champion heading into this fight at UFC 107. Had BJ not split open Diego’s forehead and busted his lip in four dominating rounds, and had that lousy ringside doctor not stopped the fight, I still say I would’ve been right.

5. Diego Sanchez’ Bloodier Face. OK, I may have these in the wrong order. I’m not a doctor. But I saw the highlights of his fight against Martin Kampmann before I saw the actual fight, and was genuinely confused as to why he was allowed to wear a red mask in the cage. These days I’d imagine a good sneeze has a chance to rip open an old wound. Don’t miss his future fights.

6. Tim Sylvia’s Arm. Dramatic in-fight injury when you can watch the slow bending of an arm until … ‘POP!’ Originally thought to be a mistaken early stoppage in this heavyweight title fight at UFC 48, the replay showed it to be anything but.

7. Renzo Gracie’s Arm. Against Kazushi Sakuraba at Pride 10, Gracie had his arm broken by a kimura. The best part of this injury was Sakuraba looking at the ref as if to ask, “Um, should I keep going?” and Gracie’s calm demeanor, as if to say, “Yeah, keep going. I’m fine.”

8. Corey Hill’s Noodle Leg. The tall (6-foot-4) and skinny (155 pounds) Hill sure looked like a leg break waiting to happen, and he didn’t let us down at UFC: Fight for the Troops. He throws the leg kick at Dale Hartt, snap, and of course pulls the leg back to use for support. Doesn’t work when it’s floppier than any floppy pencil’s ever been. This one could definitely be seen as the most gruesome, depending on what gets your stomach turning.

9. Koscheck’s Closed Eye. Courtesy of some 40 – 400 left jabs (approximately) from Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124, Josh Koscheck suffered a broken orbital and couldn’t fly home because of air pockets around his right eye. I’ll bet he had trouble making right hand turns as well. Jabs can be even tougher to avoid once your right eye is swollen shut.

10. Brandon Wolff’s Barry Bonds Impression. Maybe the biggest lump on the head of all time. This man was the inspiration for the young Hominicks of the world to go out and be somebody. A slew, if I’m using that word correctly, of knees from Ben Saunders at UFC: Fight for the Troops (what a night!) persuaded his forehead to grow some extra protection. Like Hominick, another case where an adjustable hat is needed.

Ten is just a nice round number, there’s plenty more where that came from. What did I leave out? Did I not see a fight where someone lost an eye?

Previously on The Beatdown.

Tim Gilmour is a sports reporter and author of the humor blog His column appears each Monday.