The Ultimate Fighter 27 alum Bryce Mitchell was undoubtedly looking to make headlines following his first UFC win in July of 2018, but not like this. The 24 year old featherweight is best known these days for being ‘the UFC fighter that got his nutsack ripped off by a power drill.’ Yes, that’s right. And no, this isn’t a clickbait over-exaggeration. Here’s what happened in Mitchell’s own words:
Fortunately, we can now relay the good news that Bryce’s private parts have been successfully re-attached with no lasting damage. Here’s MMA Fighting’s update with Bryce, who seems to find all this just as funny as everyone else, even if the incident did almost kill him.
“It was like my stomach dropped and I thought that my dick had been ripped off and my balls was gone and my stomach just dropped like it’s never dropped before. Felt like a five-gallon tank was sitting in my stomach and I just couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Well, shit I’m dead. I’m gonna sit here and bleed out.’ I looked down and everything was still good, so I got lucky.”
“Basically what happened is I was pre-drilling some wood, trying to put some bolts through it, and I had one of those drill bits that eats through wood on it,” said Mitchell. “It’s titanium-plated, eats right through wood. Well, I stuffed that in my pants because I was holding the board and I moved and it pulled the trigger, wrapped up my nuts around that drill bit and just ripped ‘em to f*ckin’ shreds, man. Just ripped ‘em to shreds. But luckily, my testicles did not get ripped off. That was a big thing. My testicles actually wrapped up there for a minute, when it first happened I thought I lost a testicle — it would have damn near killed me, as far as I was away from the hospital, as long as the treatment took, the amount of blood that I lost. I probably would have died if the testicle would have got ripped off.
“I get to sit back and rap about it now, but man, I really f*cked up. I really, really f*cked up, and you shouldn’t put a f*ckin’ drill in your pants, it’s just not smart.”
Mitchell credited his MMA training for helping him to stay calm during a situation that probably would have overwhelmed many others. Shockingly, the whole thing was sewn back up with just 13 stitches and the UFC featherweight has made a full recovery. He hopes to return to the Octagon sometime in January or February 2019.