MMA Fighter Shawn Valentin Probably Not Too Thankful He Nearly Broke His Arm Off at the Elbow (Video)
On the one hand, you have to respect the guys in small-time MMA promotions who are just trying to live the dream, work hard, and maybe someday get a chance at earning a real living doing what they love.
On the other hand, MMA isn’t like playing single-A baseball or something. It’s a dangerous sport, and there’s a pretty good chance you could do permanent damage to your body, leaving you impaired for the rest of your life. So when you do it for peanuts, you’re taking a big risk.
Just ask Shawn Valentin about that. In a Breakthrough MMA fight on November 22, he suffered an extremely gruesome elbow break that resulted in major damage to his arteries, nerves, and tendons. Now the dude is going to be in the hospital for about four weeks while doctors try to repair the damage, which means he is out of work and unable to support his wife and kid.
If you think you can stomach it, here’s video of the fight (injury at the 1:15 mark):
Breakthrough MMA has set up a page on their website where you make a donation to help support his family while he recovers. If you’re looking for a place to throw a few charitable bucks, maybe skip that Starbucks pumpkin latte today and give a few bucks to Valentin instead.
Here’s hoping he makes a full (if not quite speedy) recovery.