KICKBOXER Danil Sharov suffered a horrific skull fracture in his last adventure in the ring – but he surprisingly tried to keep fighting.
The Russian made his professional debut on WAKO’s FKR PRO 1 undercard last weekend in a lightweight clash with his namesake – Danil Kirikov.
But he suffered an injury rarely received by the pros due to a bad knee.
A devastating knee in the clinch connected flush with Sharov’s forehead with just over 30 seconds of the second round remaining.
Sharov was initially unaware of the damage he had suffered, although the same could not be said of Kirikov.
Kirikov immediately reported the injury to the referee, which drew a worried look from Sharov.
Sharov, however, paid no attention and continued to fight – firing a hard low kick at his opponent.
But the referee stepped in after seeing the huge bump on Sharov’s forehead and called the ringside doctor to inspect the damage.
The doctor didn’t like what he saw and immediately canceled the contest after sticking his thumb in the indentation.
Sharov appeared stunned by the decision, even though it saved him from potentially serious brain damage.
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Fight fans were appalled by the injury, with one saying: “[The] this kid’s tenacity is insane. He acted like he had a cut or something.”
Another said: “How the hell?”
And another said, “Jesus what a great arbiter.
“It was hard to notice and this kid is too tough for his own good. It would have ended very badly if it had continued.”
One remarked, “It’s good for the adversary to spot that and not engage.”
Skull fractures are rare in combat sports, despite their lethal nature.
The most memorable in mixed martial arts history was the one inflicted on Cyborg Santos by Michael ‘Venom’ Page at Bellator 158.
MVP gave away Santos’ skull with a perfect flying knee which forced the Brazilian out of the sport.