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Crowd Asked to Help Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Khetag Pliev Look for His Missing Finger

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Mixed martial arts fighter Khetag Pliev had his fingered cut off during a fight in Philadelphia on Thursday, and an announcement was made to the crowd to help search for it.

The fight, which aired on the UFC Fight Pass streaming service, was eventually stopped when the referee noticed that the 37-year-old fighter was missing his left ring finger, ESPN reported.

Rob Haydak, an event promoter for the fight, told the sports network that officials looked all around the cage, then asked people in the crowd to look for the missing digit inside the arena.

But the search quickly came to an end after Pliev discovered that the severed finger was in his glove.

Pliev was then taken to a hospital where the finger was reattached. There, a doctor told him that he tore 50 percent of the tendon and may need another procedure, the Associated Press reported.

Pliev said he believes his finger was dislocated in the first round and completely severed in the second round. The incident may have occurred after his opponent, Devin Goodale, grabbed on to his glove.

“In the second round, he caught my glove with one hand and held it,” Pliev said, according to ESPN. “I felt my finger snapped. He kept pulling my glove, and my finger snapped. We kept fighting. When the second round was finished, I see my [bone] was out in the open. I wanted to keep fighting, because I felt like I had this guy. But the doctor saw that and stopped the fight.”

Haydak said that while it was all happening, Pliev didn’t even flinch.

“It was crazy,” Haydak told ESPN. “He didn’t even flinch. He was getting ready to do the [official] decision, and I was like, ‘Uh, guys, get him out of the cage and go put his finger back on.'”

Haydak added that authorities will be going through footage with the hope of discovering exactly how the incident occurred.

“It was a surreal moment,” Haydak said. “I said, ‘Wait a second, where the f*** is his finger?’ They were all like, ‘I don’t know.'”

Israel Silva, left, and Khetag Pliev during the XVI Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 24, 2011.
ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

Goodale was ruled the winner by TKO. Pliev, though, said he will appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, claiming Goodale illegally grabbed his gloves during the bout.

Pliev, 37, is a native of Russia who competed in the 2012 Olympics as a wrestler for Canada.

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