Freak knockout blow
A ROUTINE training session turned into a nightmare for Garage Boys mixed martial artist Buks Strydom (55) following a freak accident on Thursday evening.
Strydom went for his usual 3km warm-up jog with training partner Nkanyiso Madhevu.
During their run, a passing bakkie’s tail gate swung open and the cattle cage flew off, connecting Strydom on the head, leaving him unconscious and bleeding on the road.
The driver failed to stop and Madhevu sprung into action, waving down a passing car down to help his club-mate.
Strydom was taken to the Life Empangeni Garden Clinic for treatment, while Madhevu ran back to the clubhouse at 5 Ways Mall to inform their coach, Tienie de Beer, about the incident.
On arrival at the hospital, they found the driver of the bakkie, who said he felt bad about the incident and wanted to make enquiries about Strydom’s condition.
Strydom received seven stitches on the forehead and suffered a bruised jaw, but after spending the night under observation and passing X-ray and brain scans, he was cleared fit to go home the next day.
Strydom will start work today (Monday) and be back in training in a week’s time.
A case of negligent driving has been opened.
‘Cage’ fight floors martial arts fighter
Buks Strydom received seven stitches to his forehead after being struck by the flying cage
Buks Strydom was cleared to go home the following day