Gruesome Scene as Attackers Use Machetes at German Gym
“German MMA site GNP1.de is reporting that a horrific dojo storm took place in Hamburg at 9:45 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
At least five masked men armed with knives, clubs, and a machete entered the gym and went to a room where Afful was training alone for a fight scheduled in Bremen, Germany, on Saturday. They attacked Afful, leaving him with life threatening injuries so severe that looking at images of it is cautioned.
The motive is bizarre, despicable, and pathetic.
The red light district in Hamburg has seen battles for control that involved martial artists, boxers, and biker gangs, but that does not appear to be the cause.
Cetinkaya is known in the MMA community for his opposition to ISIL and radicalism generally, and for his MMA victory over Deso Dogg the former German rapper who now fights for ISIL in Syria. However, this incident doesn’t seem to have any connection to political radicalism.
According to people familiar with the local scene it was over gym rivalry.
Afful was apparently a former student of Cetinkaya’s, who broke away to form his own successful team. A female coach at Cetinkaya’s team was reportedly training at Afful’s gym. Both the female coach and Afful had reportedly been threatened via text message. Please note, none of this has been confirmed definitively.
Afful then reportedly asked a promoter to set up an MMA fight with his former coach Cetinkaya.
Afful underwent emergency surgery for a severed artery and tendon from the machete attack, and his condition is no longer life threatening, but he remains in the ICU.
The UFC is holding an event in Hamburg on September 9.”
Afful after the attack. Warning, these images are extremely graphic.