Last night, Australian MMA journalist Adam Ireland tweeted that light-heavyweight Anthony Perosh is withdrawing from his UFC on FX bout next month against Joey Beltran due to “a horrific broken toe.” At first glance, I immediately questioned how “horrific” any toe injury could be. I even had the gall to think to myself that Perosh bailing out of the fight due to an injured toe was the equivalent of Dwyane Wade missing a basketball game dueto the sniffles.
Those thoughts quickly disappeared the second I saw the picture accompanying Ireland’s tweet, displaying the toe in question.
What. The. Hell.
My mind is struggling to wrap itself around the picture. How does something like that happen when training for an MMA fight? Is that bone? Do I see bone in that picture? Does Anthony Perosh train with a circular saw for some God-unknown reason?
Needless to say, I have no doubt that Perosh made the right decision dropping out of the fight, and I immmediately regret thinking about suggesting that he would for some unknown reason be dodging a fight against Beltran. The fact that Perosh could even be composed enough to take a picture of that gruesome foot-digit confirms that he is much more of a man than I will ever be. I would have been long passed out by that point, hoping to wake up with that thing sewn back together and in a cast so I never had to see it like that again. Then again, I also get faint whenever I get blood drawn, so me being more of a man than any UFC fighter has pretty much been out of the question for some time now.
No word on a potential replacement for Beltran but, considering the fact that the fight is in Australia, I would bet that they plug in a light heavyweight from the local fight scene for the inevitable Beltran slugfest.