Longtime UFC veteran Ed Herman has suffered his fair share of injuries, both inside and outside of the Octagon.
However, the fighter recently saw the tip of his finger cut off while doing some repairs on the water well at his home.
“As each section of pipe comes out, you put the clamp on the pipe and then you unscrew it and take it out,” Herman told MMA Fighting. “Then you gotta hook the crane thing back up to the next piece of piping. But I kind of jumped the gun and didn’t realize he didn’t hook it back up all the way. I pulled the clamp lever and it started falling back down into the well housing and my instincts were to grab a hold of it. For some reason. Like I could actually catch it, I’m so strong. It just sucked my hand right down into the well housing. Before I could let go of it all the way, it caught the tip of my finger and just chopped the tip of my finger off. Luckily I kind of let go or it would have took all four of my fingers. I’m kind of lucky in a sense that it didn’t do that.”
Herman is going to be having surgery on his injured finger shortly, there is now word yet on how long he is going to be out of action.
The fighter also doesn’t expect the injury to cause any interruption to his professional MMA career.
“I don’t think so,” Herman said. “It’s just like a half inch of the finger. It could be possibly a little bit of grip, like when I'm grabbing around the wrist or when I’m doing gi training. Now I’ll only have three grips to grab with. But they should be able to make me a nice little stub that I’m still able to use. It shouldn’t be an issue.”
In as gruesome a manner as possible, the TUF alumni shared a pair of images showing the portion of his decapitated finger.