(Video) Yikes: MMA star’s leg audibly snaps in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

In the adrenaline-pumped world of mixed martial arts, unpredictability often lurks just seconds into a bout. Recently, a surprising incident unfolded. It has captured the attention of the combat community and beyond.

Kevin Shaughnessy is a 4-1 bantamweight contender who also coaches with American Top Team Portland. He recently shared a video.

In the video, his unidentified teammate blocks a leg kick that leaves his opponent severely injured. He collapses upon his leg, causing it to snap in front of the horrified spectators.

However, Shaughnessy’s training partner rejoiced at his opponent’s injuries after successfully blocking the leg assault.

Amidst the chaos, what followed was a display of contrasting emotions. While the injured contender lay in agony, his opponent seemed unaffected by the severity of the situation. This callous act not only surprised the audience but sparked a wave of criticism across social media platforms.

The footage quickly garnered attention, eliciting a wave of sympathy and outrage from fans worldwide. Many voiced their disdain for the lack of sportsmanship displayed by the taunting contender. Comments flooded in, condemning the unsportsmanlike behavior witnessed on screen.

Some of the comments were as follows:

“Taunting after that is pretty f***ed.”

“Terrible sportsmanship taunting the guy after it.”

In the aftermath of the incident, Kevin Shaughnessy stepped forward to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the match. Revealing that his gym-mate was making his MMA debut, Shaughnessy provided insights into the emotional turmoil leading up to the match.

Despite the unfortunate turn of events, Shaughnessy defended his colleague. He attributed the actions to the intense pressure of the moment. He said: “Yeah I mean he checked the kick and caused the damage, but, it was his mma debut like I said, and for a superfight title. Lots of emotions in the build up, hard to keep it all in, and he apologized afterwards.”

The unsettling occurrence drew parallels to a past injury suffered by renowned MMA icon Conor McGregor.

McGregor’s most recent bout took place in July 2021 against Dustin Poirier. In that match, McGregor broke both his fibula and tibia.

Following a successful leg surgery, he makes his comeback against 37-year-old Michael Chandler on June 29 at UFC 303.