Former Olympian Khetag Pliev Has Finger Severed During Fight

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MMA fighter Khetag Pliev was rushed to the hospital after it was discovered he had a finger severed during a Cage Fury Fighting Championship match in Philadelphia. Pliev said he knew the finger was injured earlier in the match, but did not know the extent of it. Scroll down to read about the crazy scene that ensued after it was learned the finger had been severed. However, it's no surprise that Pliev fought through excruciating pain.

Pliev Is A Former Olympian

Canada's Khetag Pliev (blue) pins Antonio Batista of Cuba during their men's freestyle 96kg wrestling quarterfinal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011.
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The 37-year-old Pliev is a native of Russia and is trained as a boxer, freestyle wrestler and mixed martial arts, as reported byThe Guardian. A four-time Canadian National Champion, Pliev competed for Canada in the 2012 Olympics after qualifying with a silver medal in the Marika Tournament. He went on to finish 10th in the Summer Olympics. He later went on to establish his career as a professional mixed martial arts fighter, entering Thursday's co-main event fight at CFFC 94 with a 5-1 career record.

Frantic Search For Missing Finger

Khetag Pliev's left ring finger came off in his glove.
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Thursday's match was a 180-pound catchweight fight against Devin Goodale, which was aired on UFC Fight Pass. The fight was stopped after the referee noticed that Pliev was missing his left ring finger. Event promoter Rob Haydak told ESPN that officials looked all around the cage for the missing digit and an announcement was made over the PA system asking people to help search for it inside 2300 Arena. The finger was ultimately found - in Pliev's glove.

Pliev Kept Fighting After Finger Was Dislocated

Khetag Pliev was rushed to the emergency room to have his finger re-attached.
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Pliev told Haydak that the finger had been dislocated during the first round and that it then came off in the second, perhaps from Goodale holding onto his glove.

"In the second round, he caught my glove with one hand and held it," Pliev told ESPN. "I felt my finger snapped. He kept pulling my glove and my finger snapped. We kept fighting. When the second round was finished, I see my [bone] was out in the open. I wanted to keep fighting, because I felt like I had this guy. But the doctor saw that and stopped the fight. "

 

Pliev Has Finger Re-Attached, Still Upset Over Loss

Khetag Pliev's finger was re-attached.
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Pliev was taken to the emergency room, where the finger was reattached. Doctors said the tendon was 50 percent torn and that he may need another procedure. But that wasn't Pliev's biggest concern. Goodale was ruled the winner of the match by TKO. Pliev plans to appeal the result to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission because of illegal grabbing.

"It was a surreal moment," Haydak told ESPN, adding that CFFC will review footage of the match to try to determine what happened. "I said, 'Wait a second, where the f--- is his finger?' They were all like, 'I don't know.'

"It was crazy. He didn't even flinch. He was getting ready to do the [official] decision and I was like, 'Uh, guys, get him out of the cage and go put his finger back on.'"