Boston Salmon has taken to social media to share pictures of his horrific injury after he took an illegal knee to the face.
The MMA fighter suffered a broken eye socket and fractured cheek bone after Shawn West hit him with a knee in the LFA 84 event on July 10.
Whilst Salmon was on the ground West ran in and struck him with a knee which is an illegal move.
Rules state that you cannot attack once your opponent is already on the canvas with meant Salmon earned the victory after West’s disqualification.
The 29-year-old was upbeat as he posted the image, vowing to return and thanking those who had offered support.
He said: “First, thank you to everyone who took the time to reach out to me and the ones close to me concerning my health.
“Just wanted to let you all know that I’m OK and taking the necessary time to heal up and focus on my health most importantly.
“A lot of you were scared and concerned, and so was I. I can assure you that I’m OK and will be back from this.
“Smile, be happy, tell the ones you care about you love them.
“Sending positive vibes to everyone who supports this journey. You’re #BOSSTEAM.”
Brian Butler, his manager at SuckerPunch Entertainment, has since come out and called for action to be taken against West after his illegal move.
He wrote: “The incident was extremely unfortunate.
“Boston was in control of this fight and just settling into his range and timing in the 2nd round when both he and his opponent, Shawn West, landed simultaneous hooks causing both to be flashed and knocked down.
“As Boston was getting back to his feet he was hit with an illegal knee that ended the night.
“What we have to focus on here first and foremost is Boston‘s health.
“The knee landed with incredible force and caused Boston to suffer a broken orbital and cheek bone.
“Aside from the DQ we feel there should be disciplinary actions enforced by the commission to set a higher precedence on these types of fouls.
“There was no question about the legality of the knee and Boston was awarded the win at the end of the contest.
“As a team we are sitting down with Boston and his family to discuss what we want to do moving forward.
“For now Boston is going to undergo further examination and we will determine the next steps as we go.”