MMA is a notoriously brutal sport. Bodies are left bruised, bones can be broken, and concussions occur on a regular basis in the name of entertainment.
Even so, one fighter took the brutality and stupidity to a new level in a recent bout and ended up paying a pretty heavy price for his bit of showboating.
The incident took place during a bout in the Legacy Fighting Alliance, with heavyweight newcomer Drew Chatman taking on Irvins Ayala in his first fight at this level.
Everything seemed to be going okay for both fighters until the bout’s main flash point.
Ayala, landing a series of blows, went on for the kill but ended up miscalculating his lunge, knocking himself out in the process.
Chatman, keen to ram home his victory, threw a few punches at Ayala to make sure the job was definitely done. Then he did something incredibly dumb – he hopped onto Ayala’s back and launched into a flip.
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Unfortunately, in doing so, Chatman got himself disqualified from the fight, and also made himself public enemy number one among MMA fans online, with a video of his antics soon going viral.
Not only was the reaction entirely disrespectful, it also had the potential to be quite dangerous, with Ayala unconscious at the time.
The 23-year-old has also been suspended for 90 days by the California State Athletic Commission and had his pay withheld.
Irvins Ayala KO'd himself throwing a hammerfist on the ground, when his chin slammed into Chatman's knee, who was on his back in guard.
Chatman is then DQ'd at 2:39 of Round 1 for jumping on the back of an unconscious Ayala.
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Chatman, meanwhile, offering up an apology during an interview with MMA Fighting, claiming that the emotions of the situation got the better of him:
“Normally, I celebrate my fights. If you see all my amateur fights, I’m doing flips, I’m doing cartwheels or whatever the case may be. I didn’t think before I did it. I just jumped and did a flip. So it was almost like subconsciously I did what I normally what I would do celebrating a victory that I normally get.”
Chatman has apologised to Ayala, the commission, the referee, his opponent’s coaches and the fans.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.