Nightmare fuel at it’s worst.

Anyone with a brain understands that fighting can be an extremely dangerous endeavor. It requires hard work, a ton of sacrifice, countless hours of training, and adjusting your diet and lifestyle. And that’s the easy part. Extreme weight cuts, particularly in MMA are also a major factor in the fight game, making proceedings all the more dangerous.


But besides the factors leading up to and surrounding the fight, the match itself is most dangerous for obvious reasons. It’s exactly what Jonathan King learned the hard way in just his second amateur fight.

In a bout on the most recent fight card for American Kombat Alliance’s Rite of Passage 6, Jonathan King faced off against Chris Williams in a light heavyweight match up. Just seconds into the first round, Jonathan King threw an inside leg kick that saw him horrifically break his leg, much in the same manor as Anderson Silva when he fought Chris Weidman for the second time.

The video below shows the frightening occurrence. Be warned, the footage is graphic and not safe for work.

Why do these breaks happen? Fighting from an open stance (right handed fighter versus left handed fighter) can be a dangerous proposition where kickboxing is concerned. The inside leg kick can be easily checked, or blocked, by an opponent. When the shin of the attacking fighter hits the top of the shin of his opponent, a break can easily occur and end the bout quickly. If one is going to throw such a kick, throwing punches to set up the strike is paramount. In doing so, you hide your kick’s entry and make it safer throw.

This isn’t the first time this has happen nor will it be the last. It’s a pretty horrific occurrence, but when you’re looking to pursue a career in the fight, you must know that the consequences are always dire.

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Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his InstagramTwitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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