Remarkably, one fighter competed at Bellator 170 with a stab wound 6 years ago

Remarkably, one fighter competed at Bellator 170 with a stab wound

How on Earth was Christian Gonzalez given the go-ahead to fight at Bellator 170?

The American welterweight suffered his first loss as a professional against Danial Rodriguez in the opening bout of the Spike.com preliminary card on Saturday night. Both fighters entered with pristine 2-0 records, but only Rodriguez exited the cage still undefeated after scoring a TKO in the second round.

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Gonzalez earned a disclosed purse of just $1,350 for the defeat after being forced to forfeit 20% of his pay for missing weight. His opponent took home $3,075 for the knockout win.

The medical suspensions for the event, obtained by MMA Fighting, revealed that Gonzalez was harbouring a worrying injury going into the fight. He received an indefinite suspension due to an “unreported stab wound,” according to information released by the California State Athletic Commission.

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Gonzalez also had chest pain and will be out of action for at least 45 days. He, along with Brennan Ward - who suffered a gruesome eye injury after being brutally knocked out by Paul Daley in the co-main event - will require medical and commission clearance before being allowed to fight again.

Chael Sonnen, who lost to the retiring Tito Ortiz in the headline act will only require the seven-day mandatory test before being allowed to return to active competition. He suffered a first round submission to the Huntington Beach Bad Boy.

 

 

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