Damon Jackson picked up a powerful win over Charles Rosa on the UFC Vegas 39 prelims however he actually didn’t stroll away from the struggle unscathed.
A late alternate noticed Rosa throw a spinning again elbow that clipped Jackson and opened a grotesque lower on the aspect of his eyebrow that instantly started pouring blood down on the octagon canvas. The fighters ended up locked in a grappling alternate and there have been moments the place Jackson was trying to search for a submission and blood was simply leaking out of his brow in a gentle stream as he continued combating.
“When I squeezing to set within the choke, each time I squeezed, the blood would come out a bit of additional,” Jackson mentioned in regards to the lower in the course of the UFC Vegas 39 post-fight press convention.
It seems, the preliminary collision didn’t stun Jackson as he stored attempting to lock up a place on the bottom as soon as the struggle went again all the way down to the mat.
“I assumed it was the again of his head that hit me initially,” Jackson mentioned. “Then at any time when I landed, like I had his again locked up, I noticed it was his elbow. I had his again locked up and I assumed that I’d sink that choke in however he did such a superb job along with his protection.”
Because the fighters had been nonetheless scrambling on the mat, the referee didn’t pause the struggle till Jackson and Rosa lastly obtained again to their ft.
By that point, the octagon ground together with each Jackson and Rose had been completely coated in blood.
“It’s at all times form of bizarre when you might have your personal blood in there,” Jackson mentioned. “It’s such as you scent it. I strive telling folks about no followers and stuff. It’s so bizarre while you don’t have like a complete area making a bunch of noise. Cause I might hear at any time when he hit me, I might hear him respiration and I might see that he noticed that I used to be bleeding. I might hear the referee speaking to me. You hear my coach and his coach speaking, it’s such a bizarre feeling.
“Then I see my blood squirting out like two or three inches. It hit an artery. It hit one thing good. It was squirting actually good. It was popping out the entire time. It was a gentle stream of blood and I might simply scent it. It’s at all times form of bizarre. It doesn’t freak me out anymore. It’s bizarre. It’s not regular to get hit within the face and have your personal blood throughout somebody. It’s nuts.”
Following the occasion, UFC president Dana White posted a earlier than and after picture that includes Jackson’s lower together with the aftermath as soon as the stitches had been positioned in his head.
Despite the horror film quantity of blood drenching the octagon from the lower, Jackson says he was by no means frightened that the struggle can be stopped as a result of none of it was truly impairing his imaginative and prescient.
If that had been the case, the referee and ringside doctor might not have allowed the struggle to proceed however Jackson had no points along with his eyes, which allowed him to remain the course to earn the unanimous choice victory.
“I believe it pinpoint hit an ideal artery,” Jackson mentioned in regards to the lower. “It hit one thing the place it was bleeding good however the lower, it’s like an extended superficial lower but it surely’s not deep all through. It’s solely deep within the center. So I believe it was like three stitches beneath and the remainder of them had been on the highest.
“It was deep trigger it hit one thing but it surely wasn’t a physician’s stoppage. It was coming down the aspect of my eye. I might really feel it was hitting my eyebrow and coming off the aspect. It wasn’t it in my eye.”