LAS VEGAS — If anyone needed a reminder that mixed martial arts can be a brutal sport, the opening fight of UFC 213 provided it.
Trevin Giles and James Bochnovic made their UFC debuts Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, and the bout ended in scary fashion. After dominating for most of the fight, Giles mounted Bochnovic midway through the second round and absolutely blasted him with left hooks. Bochnovic lost consciousnesses, and referee Mark Smith quickly jumped in to stop the fight.
Bochnovic, who had won his previous seven fights by submission, was hurt so badly that he had to be placed on a stretcher and carried out of the octagon.
Here’s to hoping Bochnovic is OK.
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