The UFC Denver medical suspensions are in and as expected, the event’s headliners have not walked away unscathed but the winner ended up taking the brunt of the damage. Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung did battle inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Col…
The UFC Denver medical suspensions are in and as expected, the event’s headliners have not walked away unscathed but the winner ended up taking the brunt of the damage. Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung did battle inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this past Saturday night (Nov. 10). “El Pantera” pulled off a […]
Building off UFC Denver’s most unexpected knockout, we decided to take a look at some of MMA’s most bizarre finishes. We have 25 years of fights to choose from. Last weekend’s (Nov. 10, 2018) UFC Denver was the promotion’s 25th-anniversary show. The main event between Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung will go down in […]
Building off UFC Denver’s most unexpected knockout, we decided to take a look at some of MMA’s most bizarre finishes. We have 25 years of fights to choose from.
Last weekend’s (Nov. 10, 2018) UFC Denver was the promotion’s 25th-anniversary show. The main event between Yair Rodriguez and Chan Sung Jung will go down in history as one of the best fights of all-time and one of the most insane ending sequences you will ever see in MMA.
The UFC has given fans 25 years of MMA and given birth to countless other promotions that have in turn provided fans with even more entertaining fights.
In a sport where you are literally fighting for your life, the term bizarre can be far-ranging. For that reason, and for the sake of this list, let’s just say a bizarre ending in a fight is something that is likely never to happen again.
The list starts here, enjoy.
Anderson Silva’s Broken Leg
When Anderson Silva broke his leg in his championship title rematch with Chris Weidman, it was the first time many fans had ever seen an injury of that ilk.
It was not, however, the first time that same leg break injury had happened inside the Octagon. The now-deceased Corey Hill broke his leg at UFC Fight for the Troops on Dec. 10, 2008. Unfortunately, many fighters in several different promotions have since suffered similar leg injuries.
Silva has now fully recovered from this bizarre fight-ending injury but he has only had three fights since that fateful night in December 2013.
Yair Rodriguez’s coach explains why he thinks that every MMA fighter needs to take part in such a brutal fight like his fighter was involved in. Rodriguez put on one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history. This came against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in the headliner of the UFC Denver event on FOX Sports 1.
It was one of the best fights of the year that surpassed expectations going into it. That is all fine and good according to Rodriguez’s coach Israel Martinez. However, he does think that it was a good learning lesson for his fighter. An experience that is the sort of career-changing, which can transform a good fighter into a great one
“We believe every fighter needs one of those.” Martinez said Monday on The MMA Hour. “It’s one of those things you tell a young athlete. You tell a young fighter, even the older guys: You need to get your ass kicked to kinda be woken up a little bit. You need to go through some dirty fights, some trenches. But you don’t need to do that every day.”
Yair Rodriguez’s Coach Explains His Standpoint
Martinez does understand that this is a one-off kind of situation as to not to do it every day. If that’s the case then it could lead to some big problems down the road.
“You don’t need to get punched in the head every day. And that’s one of those fights that we’re gonna have in our bag. We’re always going to be able to pull out all the things we’re learned from that. But there’s no way we want that type of fight again.”
Rodriguez’s coach believes at the end of the day that his fighter is beat up and it’s going to stick with him. Thus, they have to take the positives from that experience and move forward with it.
“Those things are deadly. Yair is beat up, and that’s going to be stuck in his head. Good and bad, for the rest of his life. So we want to make sure that we take the positives over the negatives and move forward.”
Israel Adesanya dismisses those who say that Yair Rodriguez’s knockout win at UFC Denver was luck. This past Saturday night (Nov. 10), UFC Denver took place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In the main event, Rodriguez went one-on-one…
Israel Adesanya dismisses those who say that Yair Rodriguez’s knockout win at UFC Denver was luck. This past Saturday night (Nov. 10), UFC Denver took place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In the main event, Rodriguez went one-on-one with Chan Sung Jung. With just one second left to go in a thrilling contest, […]
Over the weekend (Sat. November 10, 2018) Yair Rodriguez put on one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history.
Rodriguez main evented UFC Denver opposite “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The two men went all five rounds and decided to slug it out in the final seconds. In the middle of their final exchange, Rodriguez landed an awkward elbow that caught Jung on the chin.
“The Korean Zombie” was rendered unconscious, and Rodriguez picked up the victory despite being behind on the judges’ scorecards. It was a massive win for “El Pantera,” and a great way to close out the UFC’s 25th Anniversary show.
Recently, Rodriguez joined “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” to discuss his victory. During the interview, Rodriguez revealed that he actually learned the elbow backstage after seeing Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone practicing it:
“It’s something that I saw Cowboy doing in the back and I started practicing.”
Cerrone went on just before Rodriguez’s fight. He submitted Mike Perry in the first round, as he and Perry co-main evented UFC Denver. With the victory, Rodriguez’s MMA record advances to 10-2. In his outing before Denver, he lost to Frankie Edgar via TKO, as the fight was stopped in between rounds.
Joe Rogan has seen some spectacular knockouts in his day.
However, upon witnessing Yair Rodriguez’s finishing of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung on Saturday night (November 10, 2018), Rogan was left in awe. Rogan and former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub were watching UFC Denver live for Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
During the fight companion, Rogan and Schaub got to react live to Rodriguez’s finish over Jung. Both Rodriguez and Jung put on an excellent back-and-forth brawl that lasted into the fifth round. In the closing seconds, the two decided to exchange bombs.
During an exchange, Rodriguez landed a no-look elbow to Jung’s chin, which rendered “The Korean Zombie” unconscious. It is one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history, and, arguably, the greatest elbow knockout in UFC history. Once the knockout happened, Rogan screamed before repeatedly saying “Oh my god!”
Schaub was just as impressed, as both men’s eyes were glued to the screen, wide-eyed at what they had just witnessed. Check out Rogan and Schaub’s reactions to Rodriguez’s knockout in Denver here below. Their reaction can be found at the 3:08:17 marker of the video: