3 fighters who had their arm broken during a UFC fight (2023)

UFC fighters often suffer from broken bones during fights inside the octagon. For the second straight UFC pay-per-view event, a fighter suffered a broken bone. At UFC 261, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman broke his leg after kicking Uriah Hall. In a preliminary card contest at UFC 262, Jacare Souza got his arm broken by a nasty armbar from Andre Muniz.

Towards the end of the first round, as both fighters decided to take the fight to the ground, Muniz caught hold of Jacare Souza's right arm and maneuvered into an armbar. Once Muniz locked in the armbar and extended his hips to pull the arm, there was a loud pop that indicated Souza's arm had snapped.

Andre Muniz with a sneaky armbar finish breaking Jacare Souza's arm#UFC262 pic.twitter.com/x6yz7urSS1

— Jason Williams (@jasoneg33)May 16, 2021

While both Weidman and Souza's injuries were horrible and difficult to watch, bone breaks are common in the fight game. In this article, we look at three other instances when UFC fighters broke their arms during fights.

1) When Ronda Rousey brokeMiesha Tate's arm with a vicious armbar

In 2012, former rivals Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey squared off in a highly anticipated clash for the women’s bantamweight championship. During the fight, Rousey placed her opponent in her signature submission move, the armbar. Tate was initially resistant, trying to force her way through the excruciating pain until she could no more.

Tate was forced to submit, but her resilience caused severe damage to her arm. After she was scanned for injuries, it was revealed that Tate had indeed broken her arm. She remained out of action for several months.

(Note: The fight took place at a Strikeforce event in 2012, but the promotion was already bought by UFC's parent company Zuffa LLC. in 2011. All fighters, including Rousey and Tate, have since competed in the UFC following the takeover.)

Throwback to Rousey vs. Tate 1 when the Strikeforce belt was on the line...Watch this and more on@UFCFightPass📺pic.twitter.com/QgQEIMDl9X

— UFC_AUSNZ (@UFC_AUSNZ)March 4, 2020

2) When Frank Mir broke Tim Sylvia's arm at UFC 48

Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir locked horns at UFC 48 back in 2004. In the fight, Sylvia suffered one of the most gruesome and severely damaging injuries in UFC history when Frank Mir broke his arm with a nasty armbar within a minute of the opening round.

Although Sylvia's arm was broken, he refused to tap until the referee stepped in to stop the fight to avoid further damage. Even in 2020, after over 15 years since the fight, Sylvia complained about having serious problems due to the horrific injury. Sylvia said that screws put in his arm 16 years ago are now leaking out and have become infected.

3) When Jared Cannonier broke his arm during clash against Robert Whittaker

Surging middleweight Jared Cannonier broke his arm during his fight with former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 254. According to Cannonier, the first kick Whittaker threw in the fight broke Cannonier's left ulna, which is the thinner and longer of the two bones in the human forearm, on the side opposite to the thumb.

“That didn’t go exactly how I wanted but my spirits remain high and I’m happy with how I fought all things considered,” he wrote. “The very first kick he threw broke or fractured my left ulna I couldn’t find my grove and adjust quickly to get the W so I’ll take my L with pride. @robwhittakermma certainly lived up to my expectations before and after the fight. Congrats mate. Enjoy Xmas and the new [baby]. It was a hell of an experience to be here. Can’t wait to go again.”, said Cannonier on Instagram.

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Murzakanov (13-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) revealed that he broke his arm in Round 2 of his unanimous decision win over Dustin Jacoby (18-7-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) this past Saturday at UFC on ESPN 44 at T-Mobile Center.

Who won a UFC fight with a broken arm? ›

Dan Hooker called it “just a scratch”. It turned out to be much more than that though, with the Kiwi suffering a suspected broken arm in his split decision win over Jalin Turner at UFC 290.

Is it illegal to break an arm in UFC? ›

Breaks are allowed in UFC. Amateur MMA requires an opponent being submitted have enough time to tap before the break. They're amateurs, they never make pro if they get crippled too early on. Arm breaks are not easily, quickly, nor completely recovered from.

Has anyone been seriously injured in UFC? ›

That doesn't mean there haven't been many severe injuries incurred during UFC fights. In 2021 alone, there were two nasty instances where former UFC champions Chris Weidman and Conor McGregor both broke their legs in gruesome fashion during matchups.

Who arm did Ronda Rousey break? ›

I've felt it being done to my own arms. The 25-year-old's biggest claim to fame in the cage was gruesomely dislocating Miesha Tate's elbow when she won the 135-pound title from her in March. Thus far, Tate is the only opponent that has taken Rousey past the one-minute mark inside the cage.

Who broke his jaw in UFC? ›

A series of brutal punches, knees and kicks led to the jaw fracture, and in turn led Makdessi to verbally retire at the four-minute, 44-second mark of the second round. After the win, UFC President Dana White told ESPN.com that Cerrone is in line for the next shot at lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Does UFC pay for fighter injuries? ›

Injuries in the UFC can be classified into two categories: those sustained during training and those sustained during a fight. While the UFC does cover medical expenses for injuries sustained during a fight, the organization is not responsible for covering medical costs for injuries that occur during training.

Which UFC fighter broke their leg? ›

Weidman (15-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) snapped his right leg on the first kick he threw against Uriah Hall at UFC 261. He was stretchered out and quickly underwent emergency surgery.

Can you break someone's arm in an armbar? ›

Armbar. Though the armbar is known to be one of the basic moves in grappling sports such as BJJ and Judo, it is also a deadly one. This armlock can result in dislocation of the elbow or broken arm in the case of failure to tap out timely.

Why is 12 6 elbow illegal? ›

The primary justification for banning 12–6 strikes was the damage that could result from such a strike on the orbital bone, and the potential for spinal injuries if 12–6 elbows were used in certain positions, due to size differences between fighters.

Can you tickle in UFC? ›

Is Tickling Allowed in the UFC? Well, strictly speaking, tickling is not prohibited in the UFC as it is not in the list of illegal moves.

Is choking allowed in a fight? ›

A fighter may not gouge their fingers or thumb into their opponent's neck or trachea in an attempt to submit their opponent. All arm chokes such as the Rear Naked, Guillotine, and bar arm are legal.

What is the most common injury UFC? ›

Studies and common sense tell us that the most common fight MMA injuries are to the head in the form of cuts, bruises, and concussions. The hands and wrists also suffer very often, with the knees and other joints following.

What UFC fighter was hurt in accident? ›

Hughes woke up after 19 days in a coma, and the outlook for returning to everyday life looked grim. He had lost his motor skills and could not speak. The doctors started his physical therapy treatment and cognitive therapy to help Matt Hughes start all over. The UFC hall of Famer had to learn to walk and talk again.

What are the most common injuries in UFC? ›

Head and facial injuries comprise between 57.8% and 70% of competition injuries in these athletes. The most frequent types of injuries in these striking-predominant disciplines are facial abrasions, facial fractures (eg, nose), periorbital injuries, and concussions.

Has anyone broken their arm in arm wrestling? ›

Fracture of the humerus in a fit young man after arm wrestling match has seen in a rare occurrence [1]. Fractures of the humeral shaft may occur at any age in anyone engaging in this type of sport [2,9,19]. The patients with humerus fracture ranged in age from 22 to 48-years-old, average of 31.2 years [12].

Can you snap fingers in UFC? ›

Unlike eye pokes or groin blows, a fighter cannot accidentally break their opponent's fingers or toes. Although martial arts like Krav Maga teach breaking fingers and toes, you cannot use these techniques in MMA.


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