People travel from all over the world to train in Thailand’s Muay Thai kickboxing gyms, where world-renowned fighters come to train and the new breed of combat sports athlete is always looking to sharpen their skills.
Visitors to the country will often go and see a Muay Thai fight or two, and even enter if they feel like testing themselves.
One man, known only as “Jeremy from France” when he entered the ring was training out of the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket took up the challenge and decided to fight only to end up with an injury that left the entire crowd aghast. Similar to the injury Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos suffered at the hands of Michael “Venom” Page in the second round of their bout at Bellator 158 in July of 2016.
Santos was knocked out with a flying knee that saw his frontal sinus and skull completely pulverized, with X-rays later showing some absolutely horrific damage to the structure of Santos’ skull which was then repaired with the surgical implantation of titanium plates.
“Jeremy from France”, also known as Jeremy Balasse, is a guy who ended up needing the same type of surgery after he was smashed square in the forehead with an elbow the might as well have come from the devil himself. Balasse didn’t seem to understand how badly injured he was at the time, as he wanted to continue with the bout. He actually had his skull broken in the first strike of the fight, with his referee and his opponent both being bewildered at the golf ball-shaped indentation in his skull.
The ringside doctor immediately called a stop to the contest, and Balasse was taken to the hospital immediately where he underwent surgery to implant a titanium plate across the fracture.
Interestingly, the strike to Balasse’s forehead did not look all that powerful, but it certainly speaks for the power of an experienced striker’s elbow strike.
“This is the video of the huge poke I received in combat, at the Patong Stadium in Phuket,” Balasse wrote in a post on social media, “which caused me a fractured skull. Impressive wound and big scare! The following days were very difficult for me and especially my relatives, with a major operation to the head, So I wanted to thank all those who supported me again, it was incredible, and obviously very comforting.”
Check out the full video of Jeremy Balasse getting his skull caved in below and let us know what you think!