Many of you may not have known or realized this, but Anthony Johnson apparently broke Andrei Arlovski‘s jaw with a right hand in the final seconds of round one, in their main event fight at World Series of Fighting 2.
Crazy huh? Well it’s get’s crazier, not only did he go on to fight another two full rounds with his jaw broken, but apparently the New Jersey state athletic commission’s timekeeper for the night was to blame for the injury.
According to Arlovski’s long time camp Jackson’s MMA, the first round went approximately 8 seconds too long.
Which is noteworthy seeing as how the injury took place at what appeared to be 5:03 of the first round.
The event was already in jeopardy of being cancelled or post-poned due to issues that the NJSAC had eariler with the canvas WSOF was using in their cage for the event. But when one controversy was averted another popped right up.
Jackson’s MMA gave the following statement on the matter via Facebook:
The NJ athletic commission was worried about the World Series of Fighting getting a new canvas and new corner pads for the cage they almost canceled the fight Saturday night. Unfortunately they forgot to get a time keeper that was trained properly. 1st round 5min 8 sec in the Andrei fight. A devastating blow was landed after the 5min mark. It’s amazing how so much time is spent with over regulating but the simple things can cost dearly.
It’s tough to say what kind of significant impact the injury may have had on Arlovski’s performance or the remainder of the fight for that matter. But it is important to note that the complaint is a valid one, as the unified rules should be abided by across the board and a competent timekeeper should in essence be able to “Keep time” with no issues.
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