After friends and members of the public had failed in their efforts to do so, Police were forced to restrain a bloodied Terry Etim and escort him to a Liverpool hospital on Wednesday, according to a story in The Liverpool Echo.
The 31-year-old, a veteran of some 11 UFC bouts, reportedly injured himself “running in and out of traffic”.
“It appeared he threw himself against as many as four vehicles, including three single-decker Stagecoach and Arriva buses. All except one were believed to be stationary at the time,” read the Echo article.
“Unconfirmed reports said he had been travelling in a car with some friends but jumped out of the car, a Ford Focus, and ran towards oncoming traffic.”
“The incident brought traffic around the junction to a standstill for a while and a stretch of East Prescot Road remained cordoned off until 6pm leading to hold-ups in the area.”
After beginning his professional career with nine straight wins, eight of which came via submission, Etim made his UFC debut in 2007 and went on to compile a 6-5 record as a lightweight in the world’s premier MMA promotion. During that time he scored wins over the likes of dangerous Canadian veteran Sam Stout and Team Alpha Male’s Justin Buchholz, while he suffered defeats to quality operators like Gleison Tibau and a championship destined Rafael dos Anjos.
Unfortunately, Etim is best known for a loss to another Brazilian, Edson Barboza.
In action on the undercard of Jose Aldo’s first bout with Chad Mendes in Rio de Janeiro on January 14th, 2012, a then undefeated Barboza scored one of the most memorable knockouts in the history of the promotion, when he drilled Etim with a spinning wheel-kick. It was the only time in his career that the Liverpudlian was finished by strikes.
Etim would only fight once more in the UFC, dropping a decision to Renee Forte over a year later.
From there he went to Bellator and scored a win over Patrick Cenoble on November 22nd, 2013. However, he hasn’t fought since.
This evening, according to the Echo, Etim’s condition is being reported as serious.
There was an outpouring of sadness on Twitter when the news broke…
Shocked & very saddened to see news about former UFC fighter Terry Etim. Hope he's okay – a really lovely guy who helped sport in UK v much
— Ant Evans (@AntEvansMMA) February 22, 2017
My thoughts are with Terry Etim tonight, 1 the nicest fellas you will meet, if anyone knows… https://t.co/iWmzytTNDB
— Anthony Fowler 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (@afowler06) February 22, 2017
Really hope MMA community gets behind Terry Etim and shows him the support he needs. Mental illness is a real threat to martial artists.
— Robbie (@rmc_on_mma) February 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with my good mate @Terry_Etim right now
— dan uch (@danuchegbu) February 22, 2017
Thoughts an prayers go out to @Terry_Etim hope he's ok such a nice lad I hope everythin is ok with him
— John Welsh (@jwelsh08) February 22, 2017