UFC middleweight Ed Herman’s left index finger looks a lot less gruesome than it did 24 hours ago.
Of course, it’s wrapped in about one pound of gauze. That’s what happens when you lose a digit in a construction accident.
“It looks like a lollipop,” he told MMAjunkie.
Herman, nicknamed “Short Fuse,” was helping to fix the water well serving his house in Battleground, Wash. He and his family had been living gallon to gallon after a pump broke, and he figured he’d try to expedite the process.
But when he didn’t fully connect a clamp to the water pipe he was pulling out of the well, “a rookie move,” he said, his instinct to grab it was the wrong move. Before he knew it, the tip of his finger was gone.
“I think I was definitely in shock, because I didn’t feel it,” he said. “I thought I’d gotten my hand out in time, but obviously, I didn’t.
Herman said he ran around in circles for a few seconds trying to figure out his next move. A few minutes later, his wife arrived from dropping their kids off at school. Then, it was off to the emergency room.
After doctors cleaned up the wound, Herman took his gruesome snapshot and got a little boost seeing the responses on social media.
“They call me Ed ‘Short Finger’ Herman,” he told MMAjunkie.
Next week, Herman will undergo plastic surgery to reattach the finger using skin grafts.
“It shouldn’t really affect me,” he said. “Luckily, it wasn’t my right. That’s my trigger finger.”
Still, it’s one more injury to overcome. Five weeks ago, Herman had surgery to repair a blown ACL he suffered in a losing decision against C.B. Dolloway at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.
Herman doesn’t expect to be in the octagon until July 2018 at the earliest. He spent nearly two years on the bench with a previous ACL injury and doesn’t want to rush anything this time. At 36, he’s only got so many years left of active competition.
While he recovers, Herman is considering getting into the trucking business, moving heavy machinery. He also has family in the construction business.
The well head and pipe that went down Herman’s well was fished out this morning. This time, he sat back and watched the professionals do it.
Thankfully, his injuries won’t bankrupt him. The knee injury occurred during his fight with Dolloway, meaning he can draw from the UFC’s fight-night insurance, and his finger mishap is covered by the promotion’s accident insurance policy. Beyond a $1,500 deductible, he’s covered 100 percent.
He’d rather not have gotten in this position in the first place, though.
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