So I was training in my MMA class today and we were doing full MMA rules. Round 1, I was not comfortable at all (as this was my first time training with punches/kicks to the head). I kept my distance and worked a lot of inside leg kicks and would occasionally throw jabs and right crosses that I did not put much behind. As the round came to an end, I attempted to catch one of his outside leg kicks instead of checking it (bad move), and ended up tearing three ligaments in my middle finger. At first, I thought three fingers were broken as making a fist was nearly impossible. I ultimately ended up tapping him out in round 2 with an armbar, as I chose to go for a quick take down and not stand with him anymore. So my question is, is there a safe way in catching kicks to the body?