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Vinny Magalhaes gave fans an update after he suffered a gruesome leg injury against Craig Jones in the main event of Submission Underground 13.
On Sunday, April 26, MMA veteran and ADCC champion Vinny Magalhaes met Australian grappling star Craig Jones in the main event of Submission Underground 13. Just seconds into the match, Jones attacked Magalhaes with what appeared to be a fully-applied inside heel hook. With his foot turned 180 degrees in the wrong direction, Magalhaes refused to tap and escaped the position to the surprise of many fans. Moments later, Magalhaes was again caught in the same submission, and again he miraculously escaped.
The damage to Magalhaes’ leg had been done, though. After Jones and Magalhaes exchanged words mid-match, with Jones seemingly unsure if he should continue to attack Magalhaes’ leg, Magalhaes verbally submitted, acknowledging the injury that Jones’ leg locks had caused.
Shortly after the event, Magalhaes posted an update on the injury to Instagram. Despite the loss and what appeared to be a rather gruesome injury, Magalhaes was in good spirits, joking with Jones.
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A little footage from today, chatting with @craigjonesbjj, and the ref after our match was over. This was one of the strangest things that I’ve seen in a match. Lol That’s why we were calmly chatting during the match, and after I still had some sense of humor to talk about it. To summarize what happened, the heel hook applied by Craig didn’t have the usual pressure on the ankle (mostly as a secondary pressure), and no pressure at all on the knee (most of the time the main concern)…. I’ve seen the photos of what it looks like an odd angle, which it is, but I can put my foot in that direction stretching out on my own, so the angle itself wasn’t something unusual. On the first heel hook attempt, we felt a little snap, Craig asked me if I was ok, and as far as pain goes, I was ok, even though I had noticed that the foot went maybe a couple inches further than it should’ve gone. Lol Literally, there wasn’t any pain at all on my ankle, and you can tell that when I popped right back up to my feet,there was no issue at all with it. Physically I thought I was ok, but to be honest, I didn’t like what I had just seen… again, I’m flexible, but it looked like that had gone a bit past the point. When Craig went and attacked the same foot for the second time, it freak me out a little because the foot was already turning all the way back, still without pain, like in the first attempt, but at same time without the usual resistance, which definitely it isn’t normal, and then when I pulled my leg back and went on my knees, I felt my leg a bit wiggly. Even though, I had full mobility on my ankle (indicating that there was no ligament injuries). The match was stopped was when both of us were asking if it was worth continuing, as I was just asking the referee the time for the regulation to be over, because I was going to do the 5min regulation, then I’d withdraw the overtime, as it wouldn’t make any sense for me to go to over time from that point on. By the way, Craig is a nice dude, I appreciate his concern during the match, not a lot of people have that. It shouldn’t be something unusual, but believe it or not it is. Congrats, brother! (Continuing on comments)
Magalhaes discusses that, while he does have some rather severe versatility in his ankles and legs, the first heel hook that Jones used appeared to go past Magalhaes’ regular limitation. Magalhaes specifies that he felt no discomfort, however rather instability. When Jones used the second heel hook, once again on the very same leg, Magalhaes once again (in some way) felt no discomfort, however with his leg still unsteady, he chose to send.
In the video, Magalhaes is seen basing on his own accord on what seems an inflamed ankle, calmly discussing that his foot had actually been twisted almost all the method around as a result of Jones’ leg locks. Still, Magalhaes states that he felt no pressure on his knee, which is the normal target of a heel hook.
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