MMA Junkie’s mid-year ‘Strangest Second’: A well-recognized ugly damage
At UFC 259, one of many strangest moments in a title battle unfolded between challenger Aljamain Sterling and champion Petr Yan.
The battle was an unimaginable back-and-forth battle by the primary three rounds. When the bout reached the championship rounds, issues all of the sudden received unusual.
Sterling, who was making a powerful account for himself early within the battle appeared to fatigue within the fourth spherical, whereas Yan appeared to be on the verge of pulling away. Then, he threw an unlawful knee whereas Sterling was grounded.
Yan with the unlawful knee (kamigoye) #UFC259 pic.twitter.com/AanccmutOZ
— The Fight Republic (@combatrepublic) March 7, 2021
What made this knee unusual was that Yan had time to course of whether or not or to not throw the strike. His nook even gave him directions whereas framing Sterling. Apparently, there was confusion concerning the guidelines, however nonetheless, the now-former champion threw the knee, which landed flush and Sterling couldn’t proceed. Yan was disqualified and Sterling grew to become the brand new bantamweight champion.
Diego Sanchez’s former supervisor and coach Joshua Fabia made headlines after doing what he thought was proper for his fighter.
In the course of the broadcast fighter assembly for UFC 253 which concerned the commentary staff, Fabia crashed the assembly after Sanchez concluded answering questions.
Every part was regular till Fabia determined it was time to aggressively confront everybody within the room about how he perceived Sanchez was being handled by the published staff. What began out as a supervisor standing up for his fighter shortly devolved into an odd second that prompted responses from Paul Felder like, “Man, I don’t know what the f**okay you’re speaking about.”
In the end, all the tirade felt like Fabia was making the second about himself quite than Sanchez, which didn’t sit effectively with anybody within the room, and most of the people who seen the scenario after the video recorded by Stephan Bonnar surfaced on-line.
Maybe unsurprisingly, Joshua Fabia made our nominations once more. This time, due to his unusual coaching strategies in a video involving his former pupil, Diego Sanchez.
In a “coaching” video, Fabia places Sanchez by a collection of weird stretches and drills, should you can name them that.
The one which caught everybody’s eye although, was when Fabia punched and kicked Sanchez within the head repeatedly whereas he was hanging the other way up in a meditative state.
This second was definitely one thing that had not been witnessed earlier than. At CFFC 94, Khetag Pliev’s left ring finger was severed throughout his bout towards Devin Goodale.
Initially, it appeared the finger was utterly misplaced as his cornerman and the physician realized that one thing was significantly incorrect with Pliev’s hand on the finish of the second spherical.
The battle was known as off and the seek for the highest of his finger started. It was not found till his glove was eliminated. After a better take a look at the video replay, the finger was broken from kicks, and after grappling exchanges, the finger snapped backward and lodged into the glove.
Happily for Pliev, he was capable of have the finger reattached.
Calling this second a “winner” appears incorrect in itself, however it was the second that caught with us probably the most within the first half of 2021.
At UFC 261 Chris Weidman met Uriah Corridor in a rematch from their first battle in 2010. Weidman (15-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) gained that assembly by first-round knockout, nevertheless, the second assembly could be vastly completely different, for a lot of causes.
Earlier than addressing what occurred in April, let’s rewind to UFC 168 when Weidman rematched Anderson Silva. Within the second spherical, Weidman checked a leg kick try which brought about Silva’s shin to snap in half, prompting a right away finish to the battle because of the damage.
It’s not the best way that Weidman would have favored to defend his middleweight title, however it goes within the historical past books as a win regardless.
Again in April, after the very first kick Weidman threw at Corridor (17-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC), an eerily comparable scene unfolded.
Corridor checked the arduous leg kick try, which brought about Weidman’s leg to snap in half, identical to Silva’s did. Weidman fell to the canvas in disbelief that the identical damage occurred to him.
Prayers up for Chris Weidman, who stretchered out of the world after that nasty leg damage. 🙏💔#UFC261 | Full story: https://t.co/haxvaTGbog pic.twitter.com/G4WXTgVPLa
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) April 25, 2021
Accidents like this have occurred a number of instances prior to now, however the irony of it occurring to Weidman after being concerned in Silva’s break makes this all too unusual to not be on the prime of our listing.
The primary fighter in @ufc historical past to win with out a single strike thrown #UFC261 pic.twitter.com/zxyu5XhYu3
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 25, 2021
Fortunately, it seems that Weidman has been recovering effectively, and is already again on his ft. He has been documenting his complete restoration course of on his social media accounts and has additionally began a brand new podcast that, coincidentally, hosted Silva as the primary visitor to share emotional moments as they mentioned their comparable accidents.