Michael Chandler shows off sickening dislocated finger sustained before UFC 274

UFC star Michael Chandler showed off his gruesome dislocated finger injury sustained before he secured a stunning knockout win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274.

After securing his sensational win over Ferguson, Chandler took to social media to show his fans his brutal swollen finger injury. The image shows a significant bulge at the base of his finger, which undoubtedly limits the range of motion available to Chandler.

The 36-year-old admitted he actually sustained the injury while warming up for the fight with his training partner. It means the American somehow defeated Ferguson via second-round knockout while battling through the injury.

“I dislocated my finger about 20-30 minutes before the fight, blocking a kick,” Chandler told the Pat McAfee Show. “My buddy Marquez, great training partner of mine, he was throwing kicks. I had this great idea.

“Warmup was already done, I’m going out in about 10-20 minutes, and I go, ‘Hey, throw some high kicks at me and I’ll block them and go body shot.’

“And he threw a normal kick like he’s done 1,000 times at me and I ended up going fingernail all the way back, bent it all the way back.”

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Chandler, a former Bellator champion, shrugged off the injury to deliver a spectacular front kick to secure the knockout victory over Ferguson. The kick was such a highlight that UFC president Dana White labelled it ‘vicious’ while handing Ferguson a two-month medical suspension.

“I took a big kick to the dome this past Saturday inside that Octagon,” Ferguson said in an emotional post on Instagram. “It put me out for a long time.

“It was a scary feeling not remembering anything from beginning of second round all the way until I walked up to the ambulance [but] I thank God EVERYDAY I made the trip back to reality.”

Ferguson will look to regroup and recover after suffering his fourth consecutive defeat in brutal circumstances. However, Chandler wasted no time in eyeing up his next opponent as he called out Conor McGregor.

“I want to up the stakes, Conor,” Chandler said post-fight. “I want you at your biggest, I want you at your baddest and I want you at your best.

“You and me at 170 this summer, this fall, this winter. Holler at your boy!”

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