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CFFC 94: Khetag Pliev loses finger during Devin Goodale fight

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat Banerjee is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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The fight against Devin Goodale wasn’t the only thing that was included in Canadian fighter Khetag Pliev’s list of losses, as in a horrific and gruesome turn of events, he even lost a finger during the fight.

The two fighters locked horns in a 175-bout catchweight bout at Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 94 on 1st April, and the clash came to an end in just the second round, earning Goodale a TKO victory.

Pliev’s left ring finger dislocated from his hand in the 1st round

However, the real reason the fight was stopped was when it was noticed that one-third of Pliev’s left ring finger was missing from his hand, five minutes after it was detached from the 37-year-old’s hand, who was still continuing on with the fight despite such a grim injury.

What’s more disturbing is, the finger just went missing since detaching from Pliev’s hand, and could not be located inside the ring, and the fighter even informed the same to his corner during mid-fight.

One-third of Khetag Pliev’s left ring finger was missing during the fight against Devin Goodale. (Image Courtesy: CFFC)

“They just made a PA announcement at #CFFC94 that they are trying to locate a fighter’s missing finger. It evidently fell off into his glove during the bout and is missing somewhere in the venue,” Aaron Bronsteter of The Sports Network tweeted.

While the whole incident was utterly shocking to the commentators and audience at first, video clips later reveal that Pliev lost his finger in the first round, during a ground tussle with Goodale, who was seen pulling on the same finger.

“It wasn’t a compound fracture, a break, it wasn’t a dislocation, a break, a laceration. His finger was just gone. It’s gone,” former WWE champion CM Punk, who was on commentary duties at the event, stated.

Later, however, CFFC President Rob Haydak had informed that the finger was found inside  Pliev’s gloves, and the fighter was transported to the hospital to get it back where it belonged, as Bronsteter revealed afterward.

Goodale, who secured his 4th victory in his unbeaten MMA career, claimed to be oblivious about his opponent losing a finger during their clash.

“I can’t remember anything, I don’t know,” Goodale said after the fight, “I got hit by something big, I don’t remember what happened. I’m just being honest (laughs). I don’t remember what happened.”

“I’ll have to watch the tape myself, I don’t remember anything,” he added.

On the other hand, Pliev, who lost the second match of his seven-match professional career, is a professional boxer as well as a freestyle wrestler, who originally hails from North Ossetia–Alania in Russia.

After clinching silver at the Marika tournament in 2012, Pliev earned a berth to the London Olympics in the same year, where he competed in the 96 kg weight category. A four-time Canadian National Champion, Pliev made his boxing debut in 2017.

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