Since getting sliced up good by Alan Belcher, we haven’t really heard too much of Kalib ‘Smelly’ Starnes. Even when he got booked to fight Nate Quarry at UFC83, everyone just kinda repeated the news since it’s a booking and you kinda sorta have to tell people about shit like that. But up until this point, I’ve never read an article outside of the UFC’s press masturbation section on Starnes.
It’s funny, because I’m normally all over the nuts of fellow Canadian fighters. But I just can’t make myself care about this guy. Perhaps it’s because he represents the guy who should have been cut but wasn’t simply because he was on TUF. Or maybe it’s because he’s a big cry baby. Either way, if it wasn’t for this neat story about that nasty gash from the Belcher fight, I wouldn’t be talking about him at all:
Starnes lost track of the stitches that followed.
“I didn’t really count them all, but about 20 to 30,” he explained from his training base in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “There were two layers — because it went to the bone. They stitched the meat underneath and then they stitched the skin over top of it.”
To make matters worse, the gash got infected. Starnes ended up having to take 2 1-2 months off, working his way through a diet of antibiotics. “Because it’s in your head and kind of near your eye, they took it pretty seriously,” he explained.
The cut swelled up, opened and had to be drained. “It wasn’t very pleasant.”