In one of the worst illegal strikes in MMA history, Boston Salmon was knocked out by a knee to the face while grounded. This has led him to some pretty brutal injuries, and looks really banged up.
One of the most heavily disputed rules in MMA is not being able to knee grounded opponents in the face. Nevertheless it is still illegal under all versions of the unified rules. That is why, when Salmon was taking on Shawn West at LFA 84, and he got knocked down, he was not expecting to be kneed in the face. Nevertheless this is what happened, resulting in a disqualification win for the UFC veteran, Boston.
Boston Gets A Broken Face From This Knee
Following the fight, fans were concerned about the health of Boston Salmon. However his manager, Brian Butler, took to Instagram to provide an update. Sharing a gnarly picture of Boston’s face, he revealed that the fighter had suffered both a broken orbital and cheek bones. Moreover he urged the athletic commission to address this issue, to prevent it from happening again.
“UPDATE: The incident that took place in LFA on July 10th was extremely unfortunate. We believe Boston is a special talent and is able to compete with the best in the world. His stent in the UFC did not go as planned because it was determined by physicians that the weight cut to bantamweight was too extreme for him to be able to perform to his ability. We were extremely excited to restart Boston’s run at featherweight with @lfafighting and get him back to a big show. Boston was in control of this fight and just settling into his range and timing in the 2nd round when both he and his opponent, Shawn West, landed simultaneous hooks causing both to be flashed and knocked down. As Boston was getting back to his feet he was hit with an illegal knee that ended the night. What we have to focus on here first and foremost is Boston‘s health. The knee landed with incredible force and caused Boston to suffer a broken orbital and cheek bone. Aside from the DQ we feel there should be disciplinary actions enforced by the commision to set a higher precedence on these types of fouls. There was no question about the legality of the knee and Boston was awarded the win at the end of the contest. It goes without saying that this is not the way Boston wanted the fight to be determined. As a team we are sitting down with Boston and his family to discuss what we want to do moving forward. Boston would like to thank LFA and their staff for getting him back on stage and giving him the opportunity to perform. For now Boston is going to undergo further examination and we will determine the next steps as we go. #bossteam”
Boston Salmon Issues A Statement
In addition to this comment from Brian Butler, Boston Salmon also issued his own statement. Also taking to his Instagram, he reassured his fans that he is doing okay, and healing up. Furthermore, he explained that he will taking the proper time to heal before he even thinks about fighting again.
“First, thank you to everyone who took the time to reach out to me and the ones close to me concerning my health. Just wanted to let you all know that I’m ok and taking the necessary time to heal up and focus on my health most importantly.
A lot of you were scared and concerned, and so was I. I can assure you that I’m ok and will be back from this. Smile, be happy, tell the ones you care about you love them. Sending positive vibes to everyone who supports this journey. You’re #BOSSTEAM ❤”
Wishing a speedy recovery to Boston Salmon. This was quite the brutal damage taken from an illegal blow.