Alan Patrick, who was expected to compete later this month against Beneil Dariush at UFC 179, has suffered a gruesome jaw injury and will not be able to make the bout.
According to a report from Sherdog, Patrick was hit with a knee in sparring. He told the site that the injury, as graphic and incredibly painful as it may be, could have been a lot worse had he not been wearing a mouthpiece.
“I was training and was hit by a knee. I was using a mouth guard, but it hit the bottom of my mouth,” Patrick said. “I have never been hit by such a knee before. It went right into my chin. Now, I will have to put a titanium plate on my chin. If I wasn’t going to be hit anymore, I wouldn’t have to do it, but as a fighter, I have to be cautious.”
Patrick is planning on competing again this year after recovering from the injury, which occurred last week.
“In about a month, I’ll be able to resume doing cardio, and after another month, I’ll resume with the soft-contact training,” he said. “I expect to fight in December.”
Be forewarned, the below photo is graphic:
Here's a pic of Alan Patrick's broken jaw. Yeah. He's not fighting for a while: pic.twitter.com/lRJeSumPLW
— #WSOF14 (@TalkMMA) September 30, 2014