Current LFA fighter and former UFC fighter Boston Salmon was on the receiving end of an illegal knee strike in his July 10 LFA fight against Shawn West, and now, he’s shared the painful and gruesome results.
The strike occurred in the second round. Salmon and West landed punches on each other and stumbled backward. But while West recovered quickly and rushed forward, Salmon was still grounded, and the knee that West landed on him was deemed illegal and resulted in his disqualification.
The extent of the injuries that Salmon received as a result of the knee (which include a broken orbital and cheekbone) have now been shared on Instagram, along with a statement about the situation from the fighter’s manager, Brian Butler-Au.
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UPDATE: The incident that took place in LFA on July 10th was extremely unfortunate. We believe Boston is a special talent and is able to compete with the best in the world. His stent in the UFC did not go as planned because it was determined by physicians that the weight cut to bantamweight was too extreme for him to be able to perform to his ability. We were extremely excited to restart Boston’s run at featherweight with @lfafighting and get him back to a big show. Boston was in control of this fight and just settling into his range and timing in the 2nd round when both he and his opponent, Shawn West, landed simultaneous hooks causing both to be flashed and knocked down. As Boston was getting back to his feet he was hit with an illegal knee that ended the night. What we have to focus on here first and foremost is Boston‘s health. The knee landed with incredible force and caused Boston to suffer a broken orbital and cheek bone. Aside from the DQ we feel there should be disciplinary actions enforced by the commision to set a higher precedence on these types of fouls. There was no question about the legality of the knee and Boston was awarded the win at the end of the contest. It goes without saying that this is not the way Boston wanted the fight to be determined. As a team we are sitting down with Boston and his family to discuss what we want to do moving forward. Boston would like to thank LFA and their staff for getting him back on stage and giving him the opportunity to perform. For now Boston is going to undergo further examination and we will determine the next steps as we go. #bossteam
While injuries like this happen even when fights stay legal from start to finish, it serves as a reminder of why some specific moves are dangerous enough to get a fighter disqualified.