Shigeyuki Uchiyama's Ear Successfully Reattached

After a large part of his ear was ripped off in a Pancrase bout with Masaya Takita almost three weeks ago, Shigeyuki Uchiyama underwent multiple surgeries utilizing veins from his thigh to reattach his ear and has now been released from the hospital.

Uchiyama was finally released on Wednesday, but he was originally set for release back on June 15th. Complications arose after the first surgery due to the heavily cauliflowered nature of Uchiyama's ear and further surgery was needed. Doctors will be checking the ear regularly over the next 20 days but they have declared the surgery a success and Uchiyama is already back in the gym.

Pancrase officials are conducting an investigation into how the ear was torn off, but no results have been released yet. The accident occurred when both fighters fell through the ropes during a takedown attempt. As Takita's hands seemed to be nowhere near Uchiyama's head, it can be presumed at this stage that the ropes severed the ear.

Blood could be seen on the top rope directly above where Uchiyama's ear lay on the canvas but inspection of the ropes revealed nothing dangerous. The horizontal ropes were covered in soft plastic tubing and seemed safe, but the vertical supporting ropes were two bits of thinner rope. It is conceivable that Uchiyama's ear may have got caught up there but no blood could be seen on those ropes and the accident occurred about two feet from vertical supports.

Prior to the accident, Uchiyama was keeping his MMA career a secret from his employer.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker