This is why a soccer kick is illegal
There are crucial and dangerous reasons why various strikes are illegal in the sport of MMA. This video proves one of them.
An MMA fighter in a professional debut fight became so disoriented after being KO’d by an illegal soccer kick that he mistakenly fought the referee after waking up!
Back in December of 2016, an MMA bout happened at Trench Warz 20 in Saipan, the largest island in the Northern Mariana Island, a commonwealth of the United States.
It was a professional debut battle between blooming fighters Jesse Joe Mesa and Andres Camacho. As the timer started to tick, the combatants aspiring for their first win wasted no time.
At the offset, it was Camacho who was leading the charge. He unleashed a series of kicks, with one to the head stunning Mesa. It was followed by a right hook that sent his opponent slumping to the mat.
However, Camacho’s obvious excitement to overpower his opponent lead him to send an illegal kick to the head. It made the other fighter get knocked out cold, at least for a split second.
A wrong move resulted in another wrong move
The referee turned to Camacho to end the fight, but in an eye bat, Mesa stood up and continued to attack! The problem is, he went for the wrong opponent!
Refereeing the match that night was Frank ‘The Crank’ Camacho. He is also an MMA fighter with a 20-5 record, who just months later would be called up as a late replacement to fight at UFC 111 in Singapore.
Mesa became so disoriented from the illegal blow to the head that he began punching the referee, sending him a series of aggressive jabs while still trying to process what on Earth is happening at that exact moment.
Despite enduring a few strikes, Frank took the incident in all class and wit by clinching up with the confused fighter. He was able to calm him down after that successfully.
Watch the footage here:
In the end, the confused fighter still got the win through a victory by way of disqualification. Also, there seemed to be no hard feelings on the referee’s end after the bout.
On a Youtube post, Frank said:
“He was GAME! He had the Chamorro Islander fighting spirit and had no giving up on him even after getting dazed. I just happened to be in front of him as he got back up!”