One of the first things they tell hot to trot newbs at jiu jitsu schools is ‘Lay off the leg locks, ” target=”_blank”>Imanari!‘ That’s because there’s no better way to fuck a dude’s leg / knee / life up than twisting a heel hook just a little too far. That shit will shred the ligaments right off a bone like something you’d see in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial.
You don’t see heel hooks much in the UFC, but when they happen they’re usually bad news. Combine a submission that destroys legs with an ultra competitive environment where a dude doesn’t want to tap and it’s a recipe for disaster. Ed Herman cooked that up on last week’s UFC Versus card against Kyle Noke (he kinda got screwed over for sub of the night) and it looked pretty awful. So how’s Noke doing?
Noke visited his physician after being caught on the bad end of an inverted heel hook courtesy of Ed Herman during their UFC on Versus 5 fight in Milwaukee.
The torque from the maneuver saw Noke’s leg twisted in a very nasty direction. Upon viewing the replay it appeared as if his kneecap literally shifted away from his leg.
The good news for Noke came last week, however, when an MRI revealed only a grade two sprain.
According to Noke’s manager, Jahani Curl of Machi Sports & Entertainment, the Australian will begin his physical therapy on Monday and shouldn’t keep him out of the Octagon for long.
Lucky lucky. I was sure Herman had just gifted Noke with the same kind of depressing year and a half away from the sport he just got back from.
(gif via Bloody Elbow’s judo chop of Ed’s submission chain towards that sick leg lock. It also continues today’s GIF IN EVERY POST streak! It’s like a muthafackin Harry Potter newspaper round here nowadays!)