Sounds brutal

UFC fighter Alex 'Cowboy' Oliveira required surgery after being injured by grenade fragments in his native Brazil, when he came to the aid of family members involved in an altercation outside of Rio de Janeiro.

According to reports, Oliveira went to purchase gasoline for his mother's car on Monday when he saw family members in the dispute.

He stopped the car and just moments later a grenade was thrown in his direction.

Explaining the incident to local TV, Oliveira said that the situation could have potentially been much more serious.

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The fighter was transported to a medical facility where he underwent a minor procedure to remove shrapnel fragments from his leg.  

This guy is no stranger to being injured. 

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He needed more than 30 stitches to seal a gaping head wound he suffered in his December 8 submission loss to Gunnar Nelson at UFC 231.  

Tough man. 

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