Juneau's Cliff White left no shoulder between him and one of the biggest bouts in his MMA career.
The injury of White forced him to rest and recover at the most inopportune time – less than two weeks before the 27-year-old had to play Robby "SuperNatural" Ostovich on Saturday night at Trinity Kings 7 in Waipahu, Hawaii. White lost behind rear naked choke template at 2:44 of the first round.
"(The injury) prevented me from training the way I wanted," White said. "No sorry, I lost."
Randy Willard spent several months training White, and was impressed by his determination to continue the fight, even though he was not 100 percent.
"He was so ready for this fight," said Willard. "He trained hard twice a day in the bomber camp and then (during a sparring session) he blew his shoulder off and we could do nothing, but he still wanted to fight."
During the fight, White kicked the Ostovich kneecap and made it hard to stand.
"He gently kicked Robby's leg and hit his kneecap," said Willard. "Anyone who has ever done that knows how bad it is, he did not really jump around and tried to cut angles and the like."
Ostovich grabbed White violently on the ground and quickly moved the Juneau fighters with arms and legs. The Hawaiian fighter hit right with a shot. This was documented in a video posted on Willard's Facebook page. White typed out after making about 60 strokes on his head and body.
"We just wanted to hit him in the middle and declare him zero in the first round and hope he gets tired," said Willard. "Go to the second round and really put pressure on him. In the third round we wanted to try to reach a goal. The game plan was alright, but like I said, he threw his foot on the guy's knee that happens, injuries happen. No excuses. "