Originally written on Bob's Blitz  |  Last updated 11/15/14
MMA is banned in New York but you can box your way to a stroke, have a bit of your skull removed, and be placed in an medically induced coma -- all with no intervention by referee Benjy Esteves Jr., and five ringside doctors, including Dr. Barry Jordan, the Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Athletic Commission. On a really good night you can obtain a blot clot and swelling in your brain...but only after you've broken your hand, jaw, and nose...and your medical care will include your mandatory piss test followed by an MD making sure you can count to 5. And to top it off? MSG won't provide an ambulance for you, allegedly (perhaps because Garden staff is required to be following Knicks head coach Mike Woodson).Magomed Abdusalamov got all that and more after a 10 round massacre by Cuban heavyweight Mike Perez last Saturday. George Willis, Josh Saul, and Elizabeth Hagen add more:The Russian, who hails from the former Soviet republic of Dagestan, staggered out of the Garden and threw up on the street.(Boris, Abdusalamov’s manager) Grinberg and some passersby got him into a taxi and made their way almost 30 blocks north to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. As he waited to be seen in the ER, Abdusalamov vomited again and then passed out.Doctors performed a CAT scan and found swelling and a blood clot in the fighter’s brain.They performed emergency surgery, removing a section of his skull to reduce the pressure and putting him in a medically induced coma because of the stroke.“He’s still in a coma. He’s been the same the past couple of days,” Nathan Lewkowicz, vice-president of Sampson Boxing, which promotes Abdusalamov, told The Post.“He was checked out and the doctors let him go. From what it looks like, maybe they should have checked him out more.”“It is horrible. I am not afraid to say it. New York State Athletic Commission is horrible. It is dangerous for these people to be so careless and not do anything,” Grinberg said.NYSAC spokesman Lazaro Benitez said, “Our primary concern is the health and safety of all athletes licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission. The Department of State is conducting a thorough inquiry into whether existing health and safety protocols were followed by NYSAC, and its employees and licensees in attendance at the event.‘Should our investigation reveal a need, DOS stands ready to implement immediate corrective action.”**Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
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