Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

The UFC experienced one of its bloodiest cuts in memory when featherweight Damon ‘the leech’ Jackson rained blood down, but somehow survived for a victory over Charles Rosa at UFC Vegas 39.

Jackson dominated the first two rounds with his superior match, and Rosa needed a break to win the match in the third. It looked like he got it with a deadly spinning elbow that caught Jackson just above his right eye and immediately opened a deep gash.

The referee almost stepped in – only five seconds inside the third round – but let the action continue for another minute. He then stopped the fight and had a doctor judge whether Jackson could continue despite the enlarged pool of blood on the Octagon mat.

The doctor gave surprisingly clear signal, and Jackson insisted on claiming a famous unanimous decision-maker (29-28, 29-27, 30-27), for which he had paid in blood.

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UFC star Damon Jackson survived a terrible cut to beat Charles Rosa.
UFC star Damon Jackson survived a terrible cut to beat Charles Rosa.Source: FOX SPORTS

In the commentary, UFC lightweight fighter Paul Felder said: “You can smell the blood from here. My God.”

Then co-commentator Jon Anik took a deep breath and declared: “I love it. LOVE IT.”

The MMA world absolutely loved the bloody competition.

And even the DJ was having fun with the moment and chose the perfect song as the Warriors left the clear-colored Octagon.


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