Fighter in Africa goes three rounds with dislocated elbow

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MMA event press releases invariably say something like, “Cage Fighting Fights 17: Bloody Cage Fights was an epic event filled with memorable fights and finishes.”

And sometimes it is really true. Sometimes an event continually has an abundance of the HOLY F@$%NG $#!@ moments that define the sport.

At EFC 59 on Saturday, May 13 at Carnival City in Johannesburg, South Africa, there were multiple incredible moments. Alain Ilunga vs. Barned Nienaber, for example, was the KO of the week, anywhere.

“He threw a spinning back kick and I guess I was going for a takedown as he turned around,” explained Nienaber. “His kick caught me on the trip switch. The doctor cleared me with no damage and I feel great!”

Nienaber was taken to hospital for precautionary scans after the devastating KO, but was later discharged. That, however, was not even the ‘Fight of the Night’.

Francois Groenewald and Phillipe Rouch put on a masterclass in grappling, even after Groenewald dislocated his elbow in the first round of their fight. Rouch suffered a suspected fracture in his cheekbone. The pair were transported together in an ambulance to the hospital. Both were in high spirits, and challenging each other to wheelchair races around the corridors of Sunward Park hospital before they were eventually discharged.

You can watch the complete fight here:

EFC Worldwide athletes enjoy full medical insurance as part of their contracts, a rarity in the sporting world of Mixed Martial Arts.

“Thanks to Constantia Insurance we are able to provide EFC athletes with world class medical coverage,” said EFC President Cairo Howarth. “As athlete health and safety is our number one priority, we are ever grateful for their partnership, and are proud to be able to look after our athletes to the best of our abilities.”

Along with the comprehensive cover, EFC also runs a stringent health and safety protocol that requires athletes go for MRI scans upon signing with the organization, that is subsidized by EFC. Athletes are also subject to medical check-ups every time they compete, in which the attending doctor has final say on whether the athlete is fit to compete or not. Athletes are also required to pass HIV and Hepatitis-B blood tests in order to compete.


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