Video: Cage door breaks, both fighters go stiff at Hardrock MMA 43

Our friends at Pro MMA Now were live and on the scene last Saturday night for the unfortunate turn of events:

Pro lightweights Brandon Bishop and Braedon Ward were off to a competitive start in their co-main event bout. However, at about the minute-and-a-half mark, Ward shot in on Bishop and drove him into the cage, they busted right through the cage door, fell down the stairs and were both knocked out cold. Apparently a hinge on the door had been damaged during an earlier fight. They thought they had fixed it but when the fighters hit the door it knocked the pin out. Because the fighters could not continue, the bout was ruled a no-contest.

This is not an isolated incident and one of the unfortunate perils of fighting inside a cage. Anyone remember James Irvin and Bobby Southworth tumbling to the floor under the Strikeforce banner way back in 2006?

Both fighters were reportedly paid win bonuses and a scheduled for a future rematch.

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