Very interesting article at FightLand.com about the brutal leg kicks Nate Marquardt suffered at the shins and feet of Tarec Saffiedine in the main event of Strikeforce's final show last Saturday night. Nate, the reigning Strikeforce champion, was expected by most people to win the fight, but Saffiedine kept him off balance with the leg kicks, enroute to a five round unanimous decision.
During the fight, as early as the first round, it was clearly visible that Nate's leg was sustaining damage. By the end of the fight, his thigh was swollen and purple, and now he faces possible long term damage.
In FightLand's interview with New Jersey fight doctor, Dr. Michael Kelly, the doctor explains about the possible risk in taking that kind of damage:
"There's definitely the risk of long-term damage here. The biggest problem with something like this, where you have a repetitive injury in the same area and it’s that extensive, is the development of Myositis Ossificans Traumatica. What that is, is you get heterotropic bone formation in the muscle as a result of repetitive strikes or repetitive blood trauma to the same area. As your body heals, it starts to reabsorb some of that blood, but it leaves deposits of calcium in the muscle, and the body actually starts to form bone in the muscle, which affects the function of the muscle. And looking at this bruise, you can see varied levels of Ecchymosis, of bruising. That tells me he’s more likely to develop big calcium rocks in the muscle."
Dr. Kelly goes more in depth in the full article, which you can read here: FightLand Interviews Dr. Kelly.
For New Jersey MMA, Dr. Kelly is a familiar figure at the fights. He is one of the top fight doctors in the sport of MMA, and it's always a pleasure working with him at NJ shows. In addition to being a fight doc, Dr. Kelly is an author as well. He wrote an excellent book about "Death Touch" or Dim Mak as it's called. The book explores Dim Mak from a scientific perspective and it's a great read. You can check out the book here: Death Touch: The Science Behind the Legend of Dim Mak.