South African fighter Chris van Heerden, a former sparring partner of UFC star Conor McGregor, saw his battle with Jaron Ennis DESERTED in the preliminary after a clash of heads opened a huge gash on his forehead onSaturday
Van Heerden, unbeaten considering that a 2015 loss to the highly-rated Errol Spence Jr., was coupled with another unbeaten fighter in the appealing Ennis as part of the undercard to Saturday’s battle in between Emmanuel Rodriguez and Reymart Gaballo – however the contest didn’t last long after the battle was called as Van Heerden was considered unsuited to continue after an inches-long gash formed on the ideal side of his forehead following an unintended head clash.
As the battle did not advance past the 4th round and the injury was considered the outcome of an unintentional headbutt, the battle was consequently stated a no-contest.
Van Heerden was required to medical facility right away later on however verified later on that he had actually been released after getting stitches to stem the injury.
The South African struck the headings in 2016 when he handled UFC super star Conor McGregor in a highly-publicized sparring session ahead of the Irishman’s UFC 202 rematch withNate Diaz
Massive head butt opened a gruesome cut on van Heerden towards completion of the very first and theDr stopped it right away. Ennis was looking genuine excellent tho
— Andre Ward’s Freshly Licked Lips (@joyronesjr1) December 20, 2020
Tough method to end the welterweight bout in between Boots Ennis andChris Van Heerden Accidental clash of heads opens a cut over the ideal eye of vanHeerden Fight is ruled a no choice in round 1. #boxing#EnnisVanheerden#RodriguezGaballo
— Francisco A. Salazar (@FSalazar Boxing) December 20, 2020
Ennis was looking punch best v Van Heerden however clash of heads ended up the battle in the preliminaries. Nasty cut, Van Heerden appears like he been struck with an axe. No choice. Boots will not more than happy with that acne on his record. He was looking excellent.
— Gary William ® (@_GaryWilliam _) December 20, 2020
Despite McGregor having little boxing experience at the time (this was a complete year prior to his 2017 bout with Floyd Mayweather), Van Heerden was gushing in his appreciation for the Dubliner’s in-ring expertise.
“Can Conor McGregor box? Yes. He can,” he informed Australian outlet Submission Radio at the time.
“I was shocked at how well he could handle himself in the ring.
“You can right away see that Conor’s got a boxing background which he understands how to utilize his hands. Yes, Conor can combat“