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Fans have been left stunned after a star MMA fighter suffered a gruesome injury in seemingly innocuous circumstances.
Eduardo Dantas suffered a brutal TKO loss to Michael McDonald at Bellator 202 on Saturday, the fight lasting just 55 seconds.
But the loss wasn’t the least of Dantas’ worries.
A big right hand from McDonald sent Dantas crashing to the canvas, and he never managed to get back up as his opponent moved in and finished him off.
The quick finish was a bit of a surprise, but not when fans saw replays of how Dantas fell.
The Brazilian’s left leg buckled horribly before his full weight came crashing down on top of it, with his ankle sticking out at a gruesome angle as a result.
— Mike Fridley (@mikefridley) July 14, 2018
According to Sherdog.com, the bone was sticking out of the bottom of Dantas’ leg.
Looks like a compound fracture in Eduardo Dantas' right ankle. Holy Moly.
— Sherdog by Mandatory (@sherdogdotcom) July 14, 2018
I'm told Eduardo Dantas suffered a broken fibula in his loss to Michael McDonald tonight at #Bellator202
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) July 14, 2018
Fans were understandably stunned by the nasty injury.
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) July 14, 2018
Damn, Dudu ruined his ankle on the fall. So much bad luck. Hope he gets well soon.
— Matheus Aquino (@MatheusDCAquino) July 14, 2018
Ok, Dantas' ankle is gone. That looks bad
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 14, 2018
I feel so bad for Eduardo Dantas
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 14, 2018
Michael McDonald dropped Eduardo Dantas with a big shot, and Dantas fell backwards on his right ankle, and Jesus it’s bad. A broken ankle for sure #Bellator202
— Ryan Fortune (@RyanFortuneMMA) July 14, 2018