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Two of Australia’s bravest athletes made history with an amputee cage fight in Cairns


Buck Cooper and Glenn Dickson both lost limbs, but that didn’t stop them from stepping up and competing in one of the toughest sports in the world this weekend.

The two men, who each survived brutal incidents that claimed their legs, took part in a Muay Thai cage fight at the Fred Moule Showgrounds in Cairns on Saturday night.

Despite only using one arm, Cooper picked up the win on the night.

Dickson, from far north Queensland, died six times and was left an amputee after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing in 2017.

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Despite only using one arm, Cooper then picked up the win

Despite only using one arm, Cooper then picked up the win

«I jumped into the water and saw this fish and hit it with the spear, but it wasn’t what’s known as a ‘killing shot’, instead it was just a little further away,» Dickson told News Corp.

“So the fish kept flailing around and I thought I had to get to the surface quickly.

“So I began to swim and draw the fish towards me with a rope attached to the spear.

«I took the fish and pulled the knife out of my ankle and just as I hit the fish with the knife I felt like I had just been hit by a bus.»

Dickson’s fight with the fish attracted a 3.5m bull shark, a grumpy breed considered more dangerous and aggressive than the great white shark.

With limited visibility and blood in the water, the predator simply attacked without prejudice and grabbed Dickson’s exposed leg.

Dickson bled out and tried to call for help but could only manage a meek whisper. His friends said it sounded like a seagull, not a man screaming for help to save his life.

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They dragged him back to the ship, but the worst was yet to come – Dickson went into cardiac arrest.

Dickson was an amputee after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing in 2017.

Dickson was an amputee after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing in 2017.

Buck 'Buck Wild The Terminator' Cooper (pictured) had a brutal motorbike accident in which he begged the police to shoot him to put him out of pain.

Buck ‘Buck Wild The Terminator’ Cooper (pictured) had a brutal motorbike accident in which he begged the police to shoot him to put him out of pain.

«That was when I died the first time, they told me I died a total of six times, four times in a boat and twice in a helicopter,» he said.

The road to recovery has been long, but Dickson is back ready to compete in the sport he trained for before the brutal attack.

New South Wales fighter Buck ‘Buck Wild The Terminator’ Cooper has an equally inspiring story of survival after a motorbike accident left him begging to be put out of his misery.

«I remember I froze for a second, then I looked down and my leg was completely ripped off,» Cooper said.

‘I started screaming. My insides were hanging out, my pelvis was shattered, the parts of me that were supposed to be inside me weren’t.

“My testicles were hanging, luckily I still have them.



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