Cuts are a part of the fight game. They are the portal through which blood passes to soak our favorite fighters mid-battle.
This is a closer look at the nature of the portal itself.
Some cuts are straight and some are jagged. Some reveal more tissue while others offer a more skeletal view.
These are the top 15 most gruesome and gnarly MMA cut images on the web. Do enjoy.
If this cut did not happen during training, it would rank quite high on this list.
What in the world happened?
Here is an honorable mention for Kurt Pellegrino's tooth going through his face.
It is all stitched up, but this is the best photo for this cut.
Diaz has a propensity for getting cut up, and this is a the largest documented cut to Diaz's infamous mean mug that I could find.
Rich Franklin really busted Chuck Liddell up something good.
Not only does Chuck's upper lip have a nice cut on it, he has a glorious crescent moon of a gash over his left eye.
Matt Hamill ate some Tim Boetsch knees to get this doozy.
It is half cut, half chunk of flesh crumbling off.
Hey Chael, you have something crawling on your forehead.
Oh wait, no, that is a giant gash from Nate Marquardt's elbow.
No. That is not a picture of Harry Potter.
This nasty cut bled all over the place.
Brock Lesnar lost his heavyweight title getting punched in the face very hard by Cain Velasquez.
Can someone close the shutter? There's a breeze in here.
A nice cut on Kalib the fight before he was entirely cut from the UFC.
Here is another look at it.
Jose Aldo threw a knee with the intention of cracking Cub Swanson's skull, but all it did was bust open his forehead right above his eye.
It does not look too terrible, unless you decide you want to go ahead and look at Fedor's skull.
I always said that Fedor's physical form should be donated to science.
Abe Wagner is no cupcake, but when Jon Madsen started raining down elbows, his flesh had no choice but to give way.
Yes! Spread it open please.
Flap of skin? Check! Big gaping hole? Check!
Hey Diego, you are missing part of your face.
Oh, never mind, apparently you can just fill it with vaseline.
How old is Ross Pointon?
You can tell from just counting the rings!
Miguel Torres is not a Terminator sent back from the future so please stop trying to peel his skin off.
A picture of his cut all stitched up is almost just as gnarly, here.
Such a classic. It is really going to take a special photo to usurp this baby.
Belfort threw a knee to Eastman's head that apparently went through the flesh on his forehead like a hot knife through butter.