There’s Tough, And Then There Is Ridiculous Tough.

MMA fighter Khetag Pliev was fighting at an event in Philadelphia the other day when the referee stopped the fight to check on Pliev.

The referee had noticed that Pliev was missing his left ring finger and apparently been severed in the fight.

For several minutes, those in the venue were searching for the stray digit. Event promoter Rob Haydak said officials looked all around the cage, and there was even an announcement over the PA system asking people to look for it inside 2300 Arena.

Haydak said it was ultimately discovered that the finger had come off and was lodged inside Pliev’s glove all along.

Pliev and the finger were taken to the emergency room where the finger was reattached. As there is tendon damage, Pliev says that he will need a second operation but other than that, he is fine.

[Fight Promoter Rob] Haydak said he entered the cage after the fight was stopped, and Pliev told him that the finger was dislocated in the first round and somehow came completely off in the second. It was unclear on the broadcast how exactly that occurred.

Pliev said Goodale kept holding his glove, which might have led to the finger detaching.

“In the second round, he caught my glove with one hand and held it,” Pliev said. “I felt my finger snapped. He kept pulling my glove and my finger snapped. We kept fighting. When the second round was finished, I see my [bone] was out in the open. I wanted to keep fighting, because I felt like I had this guy. But the doctor saw that and stopped the fight.”

How do you not notice that your finger is missing?

Even stranger, how is a victory in an MMA fight more important than your finger?

The fight had to be stopped due to Pliev not being able to continue, but he is appealing that decision to the Athletic Commission because he says the finger became detached due to the illegal actions of the other fighter.

This is one of those things that just makes us shake our heads in wonder.

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