On a hot day in May of 2016, MMA competitor Darrell Horcher went for a motorcycle ride through the rural roads of Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. His motorcycle riding gear was boots, jeans, and a T-Shirt. He also wore his motorcycle helmet even though the motorcycle helmet laws of Pennsylvania doesn’t require it.
Riding his 2015 Kawasaki ZX-10 motorcycle at excessive speeds, the driver of a Ford Escape left a parking lot that was surrounded by bushes. The driver turned in front of Darrell. Darrel hit the car so hard, that he flew over the hood of the car plus another three hundred feet. He was charged with reckless driving.
Darrell’s kidney and liver were lacerated along with major damage to both knees. His forearm was broken as well. Doctors told him he would never fight again.
But ICU, broken bones, skin missing from his arms and stomach, and a bone sticking out of his forearm, did not deter Darrell from his ultimate goal. His orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Gallo said most people need approximately two years to get back to normal.
The following year after his accident, Darrell received a call from UFC asking him to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov who was ranked number two. That fight was scheduled a little over a week away. Even though Darrell was still out of shape and broke his arm while fighting in October and by the way, he won that fight, he was also about to remove the metal plate from his forearm. Yet, he agreed to the fight. There would be no way he would turn down a UFC fight. He lost that night of course, but as a result, he earned his Ultimate Fighting Champion contract.
Thirteen months after that near fatal motorcycle accident, Darrell Horcher won this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 112, in a split decision against Devin Powell.
Before Darrell was discharged from the hospital, he sold his other motorcycle; a custom drag race bike. Regardless, there leaves little doubt that he is fearless. The funny thing is before every fight, Darrel reaches the point of panic attacks. But being fearless means overcoming your fear, and I believe Horcher has done just that.
“You can’t break me. You’re going to punch me with your fists? That doesn’t feel good, but it doesn’t hurt like getting hit with steel. What are you going to do to me? You’re just flesh and bone, man.“– Darrell Horcher, UFC Fighter.