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Injuries in MMA. Full disclosure should be mandatory immediately following a fight.

Here is what I don't like. I don't like see match like Werdum had, only to find out that his opponent had a cracked/broken rib in the first round. What I don't like is that in round 1, Glover suffered some type of shoulder injury. Both tarnish the victories in a small or big way depending on your perspective. Wins for sure, but worthy of calling performances of a lifetime?

I simply want to know. Fans should know, Dana should know and the media should know. It shouldn't be some secret. If it's kept secret, then talking heads end up sounding like idiots afterwards. Heaping on praise when perhaps it's overstated. If you beat the crap out of a one armed opponent, is that a greatest performance of all time?

No question that in fight injuries happen because you smashed the opponent and caused the injury. That's where this discussion goes off the rails. Every fight in some way is about damage. Broken nose during fight? You can't breathe as well. The list goes on and on. However some victories should come with an aside. A mention. An acknowledgement that yes you won, but instead of being a greatest performance of your life, it might just be another win.

We can easily overstate a fighters performance if we don't know all the facts. A guy like Jim Miller rarely if every mentions his injuries that led to a loss. In his case, he's gone in there before the fight began with a serious weakness/injury. He loses the fight, but doesn't say to anyone that an injury plagued him going into the fight.

The issue can be of course that media and fans dump of fighters without knowing all the facts. No fault of our own and that's my point. There needs to be disclosure. Not to be making excuses, but simply to inform. The notion that talking about an injury is somehow taking away from your opponents win or is somehow disrespectful needs to be laid to rest. All fighters are warriors. Disclose what really is going on so reporting and comments can be more fair to yourselves.

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