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MMA Fighter Injected With Adrenaline Batters Dummy In Wild Experiment

Aisha Nozari

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MMA Fighter Injected With Adrenaline Batters Dummy In Wild Experiment

Featured Image Credit: Sport Science/ESPN

Looking for something to boot you over that midweek hump? We present to you: ripped MMA fighter pummels a dummy after being pumped with adrenaline. Watch below:


MMA fighter​​ Houston Alexander took part in a viral ‘experiment’, which saw the UFC veteran injected with enough adrenaline to jerk someone out of cardiac arrest. 

Two TikTok videos from TV show Sport Science show the 50-year-old Illinois native being speared in the thigh with a large needle packing .6 milligrams of adrenaline before unleashing his epinephrine-fuelled wrath on an unsuspecting dummy.

In the first video, Alexander can be seen sprawled on a table while a lab coat-clad doctor injects him in the thigh with an ‘extremely potent’ dosage of adrenaline. 

The fighter then hops up and begins hammering what appears to be a crash test dummy in the face. 

A commentator explains: “Dr Isaac decides to proceed with [the] injection. A total dosage of .6 milligrams is extremely potent, as much as an emergency room doctor might give a patient suffering cardiac arrest. 

“It doesn't take long for the epinephrine to saturate the bloodstream, sending Houston's heart rate skyrocketing to 155 BPM.”

Credit: Sport Science
Credit: Sport Science

Doctor Isaac then declares: “Blood pressure response 156 over 90. Heart rate response has increased, epinephrine response is present.”

He then asks Alexander: “How do you feel?” to which the fighter terrifyingly replies: “I feel it run into my veins.”

A caption beneath the original video, posted in 2014 on YouTube, notes: “This MMA fighter sees the difference in his performance from creating his own adrenaline through emotion and being given a high dose of adrenaline.”

Alexander first lay into the dummy sans adrenaline injection, relying on nothing more than the words of his coach Mike Doyle to help him produce as much natural adrenaline as possible. 

Doyle told the veteran UFC fighter: “I want all that rage you experienced when you lost and all the disappointment.”

After being riled up, Alexander generated 1,000lbs of force, which incredibly is more than the 900lbs of force he produced after his body was loaded with synthetic adrenaline. 

The ins-and-outs of adrenaline rushes are described on WebMD.

The health website explains: “An adrenaline rush works on the quick breakdown of energy in your body. Your body breaks down sugar in your liver. This helps give your body quick, long-lasting energy during a stressful situation.‌

“When your body releases the stress hormone, epinephrine, it triggers the release of a second molecule. This molecule, cyclic AMP (cAMP), plays a large role in regulating metabolism. The molecule cAMP also acts as an intermediary for certain hormones.

“An adrenaline rush is caused by hormonal changes. The excessive release of epinephrine can be harmful for your body. It can also give you a good feeling that causes you to want to seek out another adrenaline rush.”

Topics: MMA

Aisha Nozari
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