Combats sports may be immensely entertaining, but it is not satisfying in general.
In fact, it can be the exact opposite as the sports feature a lot of trash talking, violence, and sometimes, death, which can be heartbreaking for viewers. However, there are tons of moments – a sight to behold- in this sport where the good prevails, giving fans an unimaginable level of euphoria.
Showing the opponent tremendous respect, coming back from adversity, shutting down a heavy trash talker, and showing an incredible display of athleticism are some of the most remarkable spectacles that amplify the sport in the most subtle way.
Let’s take a trip down the memory lane and relive some of the most satisfying moments in the history of combat sports.
1. Cortavious Romious’ Spectacular Roundhouse Heel Kick Knockout (MMA, 2015)
On the same night when Conor McGregor annihilated Jose Aldo at UFC 194, the regional promotion Shamrock Fighting Championship saw a sensational knockout that went down in record books. An aggressive Romious delivered five total head kicks in 24 seconds against David Evans. In his fifth attempt, he landed a spectacular roundhouse heel kick that sent his rival on the ground in a comical fashion.
2. Mike Pantangco Tapped Himself Out To Save Opponent From Being Sent to The Hospital (MMA, 2014)
In an incredible display of sportsmanship and mercy, Pantangco decided to raise the white flag after dominating his opponent Jeremy Rasner in a Prison City Fight League bout last 2014. After tapping, he went on to bow and shake hands with Rasner and declare him as the winner.
“We don’t get money. We don’t get paid. And I know that the only thing I’m going to finish the fight is him to go to the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win.”
3. Bekkhan Goygereev With a Fantastic Throw (Wrestling, 2013)
In the 2013 Summer Universiade, Goygereev pulled off an amazing backflip to secure the gold medal against Behnam Ehsanpour.
4. Danny Williams Injured His Left Shoulder But Still Win the Fight (Boxing, 2000)
Known as one of the most impressive comebacks in boxing history, Williams sustained a shoulder injury in the 6th round before he pulled off a decisive comeback to knock out Mark Potter with a left uppercut.
5. Paata Tschapelia Fixes Opponent’s Dislocated Shoulder (Kickboxing, 2017)
Tschapelia displayed amazing sportsmanship after he fixed Arkadiusz Wroblewski’s dislocated shoulder sustained early in their fight in Germany last year. When the medic failed to put his shoulder back in place, Paata took over and fixed it immediately.
6. Dan Henderson Knocks Out “King of Trash Talk” Michael Bisping (MMA, 2009)
The British fighter was known for his trash talking and in-cage antics, but he was silenced by ‘The H-bomb’ at UFC 100 via an early stoppage dubbed by fans as one of the most brutal knockouts in UFC history.
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