There are things you just can't avoid.
For instance, no matter how hard a mixed martial arts fighter trains, there are certain parts of his body that he cannot fortify and are simply vulnerable to (freak) injuries.
Matt Mitrione learned this the painful way when he fought Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 81 earlier today. The heavyweight matchup, which was part of the main card, will be remembered because of one really cringe-worthy reason (aside from the slugfest's impressive blows).
To non-MMA junkies, here's how the 37-year-old Mitrione looked like before the fight:
After three rounds of intense grounding and pounding, this was what became of his face:
Yep. That's the kind of swelling you only see on TV, particularly in cartoons and anime.
And to prove that this is not the work of a Photoshop wizard, here is an actual GIF of the nope-worthy injury:
It was reported that Brown poked Mitrione in the eye twice during the bout, but a right elbow to the face eventually left it swollen like hell.
And what's worse than suffering an injury this gruesome?
Photo via Adultswim.com