PARIS – Benoit Saint-Denis suffered a gruesome toe injury at UFC Fight Night 209.

Saint-Denis continued his perfect finishing rate when he scored a bonus-winning TKO win over Gabriel Miranda this past Saturday at Accor Arena

where his big toe was left surrounded by a puddle of blood.

Saint-Denis later explained that it was a pre-existing injury

which happened before his first octagon win against Niklas Stolze in June.

“I could not lift my toe any more, but I wanted to fight,” Saint-Denis told reporters, including MMA Junkie.

“I had a hard preparation, so it was one month before the fight with the German guy (Stolze) in Vegas.

We did no surgery. It was OK.

I just had a lot of times where my toe was going into the ground. It injured me a little bit, so I had to train with shoes.

It’s a part of life for any athlete, so now I will take time to heal it up.”