There was a smattering of boos throughout the Ahoy Rotterdam during the last 30 seconds or so of the 3rd round of a lightweight contest between UFC debutant Josh Emmett and Jon Tuck at Fight Night 87 on Sunday.
The crowd’s reaction seemed to be inspired by their disapproval of Emmett’s survival tactics at the close of the fight, as the Team Alpha Male combatant quite blatantly ran from the rampaging Tuck, who seemed desperate for a last-second finish.
The boos returned when Emmett, who took the fight on only a few days notice, was declared a split decision winner moments later.
What the crowd in attendance didn’t seem to realize however, was that the undefeated 31-year-old had suffered a rather horrifying injury to his left ring-finger when he backed away from a kick in that final stanza. Fans watching at home probably weren’t so harsh in their assessment of his evasive movement, thanks to the commentary team’s repeated descriptions of Emmett’s newly altered finger.
“Funky” isn’t a word that has many positive connotations in this context.
The boos dissipated pretty quickly during Emmett’s post-fight interview, when the live audience got a good, or perhaps bad, look at just how funky that finger was on the big screens.
— Sherdog by Mandatory (@sherdogdotcom) May 8, 2016
For the really hardened ghouls among you, here is a tear-inducing backstage video of the fighter removing his glove.
— Kyle Marley (@BigMarley3) May 8, 2016