Anything can happen in mixed martial arts. Even the unimaginable.
In a devastating turn of events, Thiago Tavares has to be rushed into the hospital after suffering an illegal groin kick.
The Athlete Feared that His Penis had been Broken.
During a fight against Robert Watley at PFL 2 last Thursday, Thiago Tavares, a 10-yr UFC mainstay, received a serious low blow from the American foe. The sound of the illegal kick was picked up by the microphones near the cage, producing a loud thud in the venue.
”I thought ‘My God, I’ll look at my penis and it will be broken or something like that. Something happened.”
The veteran himself admitted that the injury was really scary, which caused him difficulties when standing up.
“It was scary. …I tried to stand back up but I felt so much pain I sat down again and the doctor stopped it.”
At first, the doctors suspected that the Brazilian had a fractured penis. After hours of examinations, they declared Tavares was fine and free from injury.
Tavares had five minutes to recover and return to the fight but the impact of the illegal kick was so serious. The referee, later on, announced Watley as the victor, much to the dismay of Tavares.
It could have been ruled as a no-contest fight if the United Rules of MMA was used as the basis. But the Illinois State Athlete Commission said otherwise and overruled the decision. Watley finished his debut with a questionable TKO victory.
Tavares went on to question the result.
”And they still rule it a TKO due to accidental low blow, man. How can someone knock someone out with an illegal kick? And they still write it down in the result? ”
He compared the decision to a World Cup official granting the goal to an athlete who used his hand for the goal, not his head or foot. With this, he described Watley’s win as a ‘grotesque mistake.’
“A grotesque mistake, but only one, like giving this guy a TKO win. But they went ahead and actually made it official that the method was an accidental low blow.”
Tavares is now 21-8-1 in his nearly 10 years of fighting in the octagon.
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