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Disgusting Injury of the Day: Justin Salas Got His Foot Tore Up Fighting Rob Emerson Saturday Night

(Someone’s gonna need some Dr. Scholl’s gel insoles. PicProps Brawlin’ Fight Fotos.)

You would assume that in the year 2011, with all of the slip-related injuries that have occured over the years that were attributed to the silk screened graphics on the mat, that athletic commissions would address the issue and come up with alternative means of printing ads on the canvas.

If you don’t think that the issue needs to be discussed, ask Nate Marquardt and Shane Carwin‘s training partner Justin Salas (10-3), who fought UFC veteran Rob Emerson for the lightweight title at Full Force Fight’s event in Colorado Saturday night if it’s a problem.

Here’s what happened to cause the carnage in the photo above according to

"Salas, fighting out of Grudge Training Center in Denver, had to adapt to some unexpected adversity during the fight as well. The cage-side lighting caused quite a problem. The heat generated from the overhead lights was so intense; it heated up the mat and decals to a very uncomfortable level.
In fact, following the first round, Salas was confused as to why he was slipping on the canvas. As it turned out, the skin on the bottom of his right foot had begun to blister and cause some serious issues. “The whole bottom of my foot got torn completely off during the fight,” explained Salas, “which posed a problem for me in closing the distance with my feet.”
Although his original game plan was to stand and strike with the more seasoned Emerson, he quickly realized his footwork was suffering. He then switched gears and went back to his wrestling roots, completely controlling Emerson and working some superior ground and pound. Despite the unforeseen circumstances, “I made it work; I adapted. I feel like I still dominated the fight.”

You hear that? Not only did he FINISH the bout with no soles on the bottoms of his feet, HE WON THE FIGHT AND A BELT! 

Talk about tough. Somebody get that photo on a motivational poster and post it in every MMA locker room with the caption, "If you have a lesser injury than this, don’t even think about quitting."

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mmasommelier- February 2, 2011 at 9:23 am
@Arriany Sylvia:
Although Sangiovese has the acidity/structure to handle that skin flap, it's fruit profile and notes will not be complimentary. I'd suggest old world Syrah with some indication of aging perhaps Cote Rotie or Crozes with a meaty, gamey nose or perhaps Cahors?
Mir please break Brocks neck- February 2, 2011 at 8:48 am
Looks like a foot kick-stand.
Fried Taco- February 2, 2011 at 8:29 am
My lord! You're a tripod. What you been feeding that thing, eh?
PERPATRAITOR- February 2, 2011 at 7:52 am
Wait for it to dry up and then put it in the jar with the other skin flaps. To eat later of course...mmmm
El Famous Burrito- February 2, 2011 at 5:21 am
This is great comedy.

Sorry about your foot, guy. That sucks.
Bad Omen- February 2, 2011 at 4:49 am
Mike Tyson makes his MMA debut, reveals foot fetish.
maclaren- February 2, 2011 at 2:19 am
BeefcurtainBurp- February 2, 2011 at 1:45 am
I am not surprised at all a lightweight who trains with Carwin and Marquardt finished with a foot pussy. Those guys are gorillas. I'd pay to watch them grapple. What I find odd is his thought process. "Why am I slipping?! Oh... the bottom of my foot is gone. This may cause a problem in the championship rounds."

He's lucky he wasn't fighting Leben. Those foot stomps would have hurt like a motherfu-
ghostboner- February 2, 2011 at 1:08 am
Ever since I heard about what a spoiled rich boy ROb Emerson was I have disliked him. So I'm pleased to find out he got tea bagged with a foot wang flap.
Poutine Guillotine- February 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Now, I'm not a doctor and all I'm going on is one blurry photo that I see from a computer screen in a dark lonely room in a dark lonely life, BUT IMO what's supposed to happen here is the ref is supposed to stop that fight and protect the fighter FROM himself.

Letting something like that go on just makes mma look a freakshow. A stoppaged would have upset the fighters and the fans, but that would have been a sane judgement call...but since that didn't happen... could we get a Cagepotato caption contest on this?

Dana_Plight- February 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm
Oh yesh, yesh, yesh, thish is a keeper!
BryanF- February 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm
Fuck you Emerson. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Lords of Orange County my ass.
doowm- February 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm
I think I can see that dude's medulla oblongata through his foot!
Gardeninja- February 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Toe Tongue says's "this mat tastes awesome!"
Some Jaded Hipster- February 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm
Dudes, I was there for that fight. And this news just made it way more awesome.

Seriously though I've heard some good things about Salas, and you wouldn't have ever thought that out-wrestling Emerson wasn't Plan A (with or without skin on his foot). Poor Rob got owned that entire fight.

Btw, the promoter had requested that people dress up nice for the fights, so as to create a classier sort of event. Weird thing is, it kinda worked.
the silver hawaiian- February 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm
I would just like to share that I just went to, and the new layout hurt my eyes.

Thanks, CP, for keepin' it OG.
LAS- February 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm
Ironically, the Podiatry Clinic of East Denver was the event's main sponsor.
Rikers- February 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm
I went to HS with Emerson at Dana Hills and he is an effin Nazi white supremacist! Dude is a loser!!
jamesbrktt- February 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Somebody get this guy a medicated vagina wipe quick!
Smitty- February 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm
“The whole bottom of my foot got torn completely off during the fight,”
I hate when people exagerate.
Rikers- February 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm
I think we are glossing over the REAl story here....Emerson is still fighting and for a belt no less!!! WTf?!?!?!
tramadoc- February 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm
Not only did Salas win the lightweight title but his skin flap took the bantamweight crown later in the evening.
Kimbos Bread- February 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm
At least hide the graphic images so theyre not visible to those with weak stomachs you dicks
Viva Hate- February 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm
In the voice of the Black Knight "'Tis but a scratch."
RSparrow- February 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Jesus Christ some of these amateur shows are a joke. It looks like his foot is trying to feed.