Dana White has seen just about every injury imaginable in the UFC but could still hardly watch a gruesome arm break and dislocation on Tuesday.
He was watching a clash between Dustin Stoltzfus and Joe Pyfer, who were both fighting for a contract in the organisation on White’s Contender Series show.
In the very first round, Stoltzfus picked up his opponent and brought him down for a spectacular slam.
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Pyfer had his arm straightened to cushion the impact but planted it straight on the mat, simultaneously dislocating his elbow and breaking the arm as it was forced into a grim angle.
White’s reaction said it all as he recoiled with a grimace which then turned to a knowing smile as he took in what he’d witnessed.
The 51-year-old said: ‘First of all, the thing that bummed me out was it was just heating up. I was really getting into it when he made everybody puke.
‘This kid, his record is now 13-1. He’s got a tonne of experience. You could tell in there, no matter how the fight went.
‘He was poised. He’s a vet, super sharp. Not only is he in, I actually expect big things from this kid.’
It was the first time White has given UFC contracts to all the winning fighters on one Contender Series event.
Stoltzfus reflected: ‘You second-guess yourself if you’re sitting there and everyone else has been given a one, “Is he gonna give us all contracts?” It was a little nerve-racking.
‘But I knew my fight was pretty good and I felt if I won I would get a contract with my experience and fighting style.
‘It’s not the way I wanted it to go, but I looked good in there.’
Pyfer took to Instagram lying in a hospital bed and showed his swollen arm, saying: ‘Unfortunate guys, I broke my arm and dislocated it, I’ll be back.’