Mixed martial arts can be difficult to watch at times. It’s a combat sport, so occasionally, there are disturbing moments, from fighters suffering prolonged knockouts, to damaged limbs, whether from submissions or freak accidents. However, while upsetting visuals are more common, the sounds that accompany them are often far more terrifying. Let’s take a listen to some of the most brutal sounds in mixed martial arts that didn’t come out of Michael Schiavello’s mouth.
A brief note about the “selection process” for this: I didn’t want to have a lot of similar entries, like “loud body kicks” or “heavy ground and pound that gets picked up by the microphones.” I could have made a list of just Edson Barboza and Cro Cop kicking dudes, but I thought it would be better to have a nice selection of impacts and reactions.
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
In terms of brutal and disgusting, knowing that this crackling is the result of Nicholson’s jaw getting broken is pretty gross.
Marco Polo Reyes vs. Cristian Soto
The Ultimate Fighter gets the benefit of limited crowd noise to really let strikes stand out. However, these two guys on the second season of TUF Latin America traded huge shots that all got picked up by the microphones.