Matador Loses Mouth to Bull


A stunning photograph captures the moment in which a Spanish bullfighter is dealt horrific injuries by his bovine victim to be.

The 41-year-old matador stumbled whilst attempting to artfully torture the bull to death in a Madrid bullfight, giving the beast the chance to gore him, piercing the matador’s neck with his horn.

The horn smashed through the unfortunate man’s jaw and emerged from his mouth, after which he was thrown into the air and the bull was persuaded to disengage by attendants.

The matador was hospitalised with devastating injuries – doctors report they had to perform a tracheotomy, and struggled to repair some of the damage dealt to the man’s throat, jaw, tongue and mouth.

His father, also a bullfighter, reports his life is not in danger, but explains that the extent of the injuries may preclude much in the way of a recovery:

“It was a serious goring. Almost his entire mouth was destroyed. It’s too early to talk of recovery, we must wait and see.”

Spain’s bullfighting tradition has long since been immaculately choreographed to ensure risks to bullfighters are minimised, but the intrinsic danger of the bloody sport remains.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So when Japan is doing whale holocaust it's ok, but when Spain is killing bulls during corrida it's atrocity? Silly weaboos...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this one was a fight and the bull won lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahaha thats what ya get for the torture of an animal or taking part of it

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol fail...hey, i dont particularly long as its a fair fight there could be to voluntary people out there...this bull got his chance...and took it! lol

    grab life by the horns...errr...face?...jaw?...throat-jaw area...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Matador got hit bulls eye.

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    Comment by CursedHollow
    09:23 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the bull knew he will end like a burger so he decide that at least that guy didnt eat him after the corrida...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't feel any pity for him at all after seeing all that blood stain on the bulls leg there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am a norwegian and I see nothing wrong with bullfighting. Sure... The bull gets tortured. But is it really THAT much better to live as a milk cow?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their animals, they won't know the difference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I´m a Spanish man and I HATE this barbarian game, Tradition or not is a animal torture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in Spain and is a lie that has tradition of bullfighting, only a small part of Spain (Andalucia) the rest of Spain is not interested at all.

    Let's say one who only cares 3% percent of people in Spain and who are concentrated in four regions and there are 20 in Spain.

    It is "tradition" that has been done for many years and is sold internationally as a culture, but almost nobody sees it except the family matador and those who work in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is pure art in motion.... an abused animal against a moron with swords in a fight, is it okay if I root for the bull?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very happy to see this.
    I hope they celebrated the bull like they do when the man wins.
    Unfortunately, i'm pretty certain they killed the bull.
    Not a sport at all!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    all I see from that pic is

    "Bull used Take Down!

    Critical Hit! Its Super Effective!

    Matador is defeated! Bull wins!"

    or something like that

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    Comment by Myballz
    10:03 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bull Fighter got owned!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just the whole animal torture thing made me think of the Chinese boiling cats alive article on here. They're all assholes. Such a fitting finale to the show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Karma's a bitch, ain't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    touché, can't agreed more, Karma's there for a reason. Animal cruelty is everywhere, United States- illegal dog fights, cruel animal farms. China- cat and dog stock. Japan - Dolphine slaughter. Australia - Kangaroo meat (chicken ain't good enough?) Spain- Bull fighting. Hey at least its not a machine gun vs bull. blade vs bull, bull Wins one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can argue all you want about survival of the fittest and how we eat other animals, etc. Fact remains this 'sport' involves TORTURING an animal in the cruelest fashion.

    I suppose it'd have to take a stronger, more cruel species than humans to teach us that we wouldn't be spouting 'survival of the fittest' if we had to be put through this misery and torture.

    This guy got what he deserved and anybody else that participates in this cruelty certainly needs a taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mess with the bull? get the horns...

    that will teach ya.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid idiots, shouldn't take on a fight with an enraged bull.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I for one condone bullfighting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That guy fucking deserved it.

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    Comment by Reizo
    06:11 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    BOOM! Headshot!

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    06:00 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a couple of things to say.

    One, for the people wondering why an article on Bullfighting is here on sancom, it is most likely because most of the time the Matador wins. It's not all that often that the bull wins, nor is it all that common that the bull deals such a "picture-perfect" and devastating injury. Least thats what I think.

    Second, for those speaking out against Bullfighting, there is one key thing you are forgetting. That bull is going to die anyway. Not only be killed, but it will also be used for food (which I believe that killing an animal is always justified if it is going to be eaten). Beyond my own opinions on the matter, even if the bull is drugged, this gives the chance for the bull to die fighting, to go down in a blaze of fire, instead of being killed like a dog (or in this case, like a cow). I know this maybe appealing to a rather old-fashioned sense of an "honorable death", but if it were me I rather go down fighting in a blaze of glory rather than being impaled on an inch thick steel rod in the back of my head while I don't even notice. Also, even the Spanish who are in favor of Bullfighting have a great deal of respect for the bull, and will applaud the bull for putting up a good fight. This applies even to the Matadors themselves. And even though I hope for the best when it comes to the Matador, I applaud the bull for dealing such a blow to the Matador before his inevitable death. And something I like somewhat about Bullfights is that it reminds all us meat eaters (such as myself) that every time you eat meat, every time you eat a burger or a hot dog or a baby back rib, you have brought about the death of an animal. You may decry this act as heinous, but if you enjoy a steak from time to time, you are a part of this. You may not be eating Spanish Beef, but spiritually, you are still a part of this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can babble about preferring an honorable death or whatever weeaboo bullshit you've gotten in your head from watching too much anime AFTER you spend three days being drugged, starved, and stabbed with spears to bleed you out in order to give your opponent a better chance of winning.

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    Comment by erochichi
    07:38 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your writing is - bullshit. You want to be tortured as bull? I say before half time of it you will cry for mercy, or beg to be killed instantly.
    You brave idiot.

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    11:16 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe I should clear a couple of things up.

    First off, I mistakenly said that the bull will be killed off for food regardless of weather or not it won, which is not true. If a bull does manage to win, it is made into a stud animal. So it adds a whole new dimension "fighting to decide your fate" as it were. However, the odds are rigged in the Matador's favor. That is undeniable.

    Second, while I still do maintain the "going out in a blaze of glory", what I more spacifically meant was for the chance to take your assailant with you. Most of the time of course, it doesn't happen. It almost did happen this time however.

    Third, and most importaintly, is a moral crossroads. While I am for Conservation and I'm against Animal Cruelty, I'm having a very hard time trying to decry this. The most importaint factors to this are that I eat meat, and the fact that if the bull losses it is used as food. As I said before, I think that the killing of any animal is justified if it is going to be eaten. There are some animals that I would have a hard time eating however (Dolphins/Whales, Monkeys/Apes, Elephants, etc...). Mainly intelligent animals, because they are sentient. They have a sense of self-preservation that comes from a source outside of just instinct. When a member of their group dies, they have been shown to mourn, therefore they understand the concept of death. Cows on the other hand, don't. Their sense of self-preservation is driven by nothing more than instinct. That is why I feel absolutely no gilt in having a steak or a hamburger. However, I do feel that an animal, even a domesticated one destined for nothing more than to end up on a stovetop, should be treated with kindness and be given the enviornmental requirements it is needed to live a happy life, even if it can't really apreciate it. Because it makes me as a Human happy that this creature lived a happy life before it's dead body ended up on my plate (this is why I have a MAJOR problem with the way food is processed in America). However, despite all that, I still have a hard time objecting to this. Mainly because of the fact that if the bull losses, it gets eaten, and if it wins, it gets to impregnate cows for the rest of it's life. Plus, the fact that cows are not intelligent animals, and you can argue over weather that cow holds the concept of death (which I think it doesn't). But, even a cow knows the concept of pain, not of torture per say, but definetly of pain. And I do believe that an animal should be put to death quickly. However, I also believe that ultimately in the grand scheme of things, I am a part of this as a meat eater. Even if this animal is being tortured by being put to death so slowly, one of the options for the fate of the bull still involves it being eaten. To which I could never object to. By eating meat I cause the death of countless animals, to which under normal circumstances I can reconcile, but this is a special case, because of the nature of the death itself.

    So to put it simply, because of my beliefs on the matter heavily contradicting, Bullfighting is a practice I disagree with, but one that I can't fully object to at the same time.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    13:42 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree totally. I made a longer comment on "Ritual" and "Sacrifice" which hasn't appeared yet...

    But, the bulls in these matches live as free as any such animal can in this modern age. Beats living barely able to turn around in packed feedlot being fed corn, shit, steroids, meat -1- and any junk to make you as fat as quick as possible.

    1-They stopped "Ruminant" feed, of forcing cattle to be "Corporo Necro Autophagic" that is self shit and dead and cannibalistic, but they still let them be forced to eat that from other animals, even though they are a herbivore.

    Buddy of mine, and we live out in a rural area, did this awesome prank on some people he knew during the height of a "MadCow" scare. He had them all come for a dinner and it was all meat, and he had the TV on with the fear mongering on, and he did a "Meat meat meat..." like Monty Python's "Spam" joke:-) Then he said, "Oh, by the way, this cow I got from my Dad. It's eaten nothing but the grass in his front yard for it's life..." They fell on the meal like rampaging wolves!

    Likewise, a bull from bullfighting is probably the best meat. They start out on ranches, getting to run around butting each other for fun, eating the grass as much as feed. Then they are at least killed in a manner not really more traumatic than "Natural" predation though man IS a "Natural" predator on Cattle, Deer, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tauros used Horn Attack

    It's Super Effective!!!

    Comment by Antiveli
    06:34 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it were Japanese people that were doing this you weeaboos would of said it was ok.

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    Comment by erochichi
    07:42 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not all Japanese ppl like whaling, so i think the majority wouldn`t like this either. Every country has their own sadists, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah you go bull, to bad it was just his mouth, to bad there aren't more off these kinds of thing during those bull "fight". It could really use some more human sufering

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    take it your shit bull fighter!!!!!!
    this fight is a torture to animals...
    these bullfights should die o/

    it's terrible!!!!

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    07:37 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow! That's gotta hurt!

    I salute both him and the bull.
    I hope they didn't kill that bull, but made sure it survived and put it to stud. It would have earned it;-)

    There's a concept a lot of people don't understand. The need for "Ritual" and "Sacrifice".

    I could type books on this subject and most of my posts here are quite long, but I'll try to keep this one short.

    Ritual is what we do to mark the passing of the day, of the seasons, and of life, life's stages. It becomes boring and oppressive when it's done without understanding or believing Why it is important. The modern world is almost entirely devoid of such, and so there is something lacking, an energy the companies try to turn into a "Need" to "Fill" capitalism style. Sadly, they only care about making money, not helping society save how they define it by enshrining themselves as "Capitalists".

    The second part, "Sacrifice" is another thing that's now devoid and rather misunderstood. Why, after all, outside of bad old-school religion, would a person unnecessarily "Sundry" anything, except in the form of entertainment and raw pleasure? Well, if you think "Sacrifice" is just slitting a beast's throat because some bogeyman in the sky will send a plague of locusts if you don't, you think a skyscraper is just a framework to show off a lot of windows.

    Ritual marks the passage of time, Sacrifice accepts it. Over time, these things can become dry and meaningless, but because of the 'bad religion/dry expectations' not worth it, but doing away with them altogether with no replacement just makes things worse in the long run. It is, IMO, a big source of insanities and neuroses.

    I'd suggest looking up "Burning Man". IMO, it is in no small part a way of a society trying to re-fill a 'need' it didn't know it had. I've never been there, too busy, but I want to go:-) It's officially more a reaction against consumer society (and in a way also becoming part of it) but it's essentially doing what the big companies and government never did or even tried to stop.

    So, though I do feel the "Weight of Years" might be taking from it, Bullfighting should continue. Having no bullfighting will cause an increase in crime, lower productivity, more 'crazy' behavior. With respect, macho Latin men and their women are already a bit excitable...

    Likewise, I am a bit miffed that the governments in the USA and Europe are going so out of their way to stop "Dogfighting". Yeah, dodges pile of "Boos!" and rotten fruit thrown. There is a social need for such "Edge" spectacle, it should be "illegal but tolerated" at worst though making it fully legal with "officials" the dogs would suffer a lot less.

    Look at the UK. It has successively banned, one after another, all sorts of deadly games, and "bloodsports" and their law goes out like mad to enforce it. They are becoming an increasingly weak society with no direction or spirit and the "Moneymen" are robbing them blind because they don't even stand up and riot that much anymore. It's child, the USA is falling right in its footsteps.

    While having a different take on life, their "Immigrant" populations, legal and otherwise, and "magrinalized/Minorities" hold on for dear life their "Ritual/Sacrifice" traditions. They are admired by the "Mainstream" for it as much as possible. Look at how popular "Gangsta Rap" is, for instance. It revels in squalor, but at the same time it's free and macho. Likewise, except to devout Catholics, Mexicans are seen as "Cool" for holding onto "Santa Muerte" aka "Saint Death" despite that she's obviously an Aztec diety;-) Islam is getting more followers and some "outlaw Cred"...

    I'll close by reccomending...
    Well, "The Golden Bough" or even Campbell's books might be long for some here. How about, to whet your appetite, do a search for "Slaine: The Horned God" a neat comic series that capped off/restarted a comic series that was meant to be "Another Conan" but the writers were good and instead mythologized the life of the first High King of Ireland;-)

    A neat "Fan Trailer" of a movie made of it though it wasn't mad but which hopefully will be someday:

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    Comment by Castronaut
    07:08 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bullfighting is the Spanish-speaking world's equivalent of NASCAR.

    It's more complex than that, really, but you get the idea.

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    Comment by erochichi
    07:44 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who get tortured in NASCAR? Are engines living creatures?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the only thing that is equivqlent is than some people get hurt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you mean to say Bullfighting and NASCAR are the same in that they're both utterly unnecessary?

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    Comment by Tofuman
    13:39 24/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When you mess with the bull you get the horn. Serves him right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel sorry for both sides, really. It's a blood sport. No matter which side "win" there's really no true winner. No matter who the combatants are it's just a really sad thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Bull Win!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im spanish and i think that the 70 % more or less we are anti bull fighters .
    But the politics are blind in front of justice.
    Is a stupididuty cruel, and more thing that i dont know how to say in english xd

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is this like the bonus round in karate champ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    bahahahaha! thats what you get for fucking with a bull.

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    Comment by Ghostchase
    16:31 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    KARMA. You stab bull. Bull stabs you... in the mouth

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 25/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well is a very retarded sport specially considering the bull doesn`t have actual chances of winning most of the time. Even if seen from a pro-bullfighting view nowadays bullfighting is bullshit. The bulls are tired starved and drugged before the show,the bullfighter has like 10 assistants throwing banderillas like there is no tomorrow, and i very much doubt this bulls raised in captivity are given any training whatsoever.

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    Comment by Ryoma_Saegami
    16:21 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    God you people are all so fucking lame.

    Anybody who gets off to loli porn is in no position to preach about ethics.

    Whats right and wrong who really cares. theyve been doing this for decades, but who really cares.

    Ranting on here wont do any good.

    your words and your anger, its all useless.

    in fact you are just useless humans, so go back to beating it to kiddy porn an im sure you will all forget about it before you have the chance to come.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you say that humans are useless than so are you.
    Or maybe you are a monkey?

    You should go and beat it off yourelf, you wouldn't be so nervous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 03/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In bullfighting, the bullfighter or "torero" stabs the bull with "banderillas", little spears that remain in the bull's back, what makes a great blood loss.
    The bull slowly weakens, and finally the "torero" kills him with his sword. Then, her ears are usually cut as a trophy.
    I'm Spanish and I think it's a pity that foreign people thinks Spain = bullfighting. Actually, every time it's less and less popular, and there are lots of people against it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 11/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    good for the bull

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