Russian light heavyweight Evgeniy Poskotin saw victory out of sight at the MMA Series 26 event in Voronezh on Saturday, beating his opponent with a hail of Mary’s left hand seconds after it looked like he would be knocked out.
Poskotin improved his young record to 2-0 with his stunning overhand strike in the £ 205 contest against Nurel Amanov of Kyrgyzstan, but things could have been very different after Amanov benefited from Poskotin’s seemingly porous defense and the Russian thug with a right hand caught who sent him spread across the ring.
Sensing what a win would mean on his professional MMA debut, Amanov fanned out to end the retreating Poskotin – only to get a power shot that instantly turned the tide of the fight.
Amanov dropped to the mat, where Poskotin followed in a fight that ended the tide of floor and pound blows.
The win – or more precisely the way in which it was achieved – caused some fans to celebrate the drama that can often occur in an MMA ring.
As some fans noted online, the end of the fight reflected some of the more well-known cases of unlikely victories that have occurred in mixed martial arts.
Former UFC fighter Scott Smith will be anchored in MMA highlights montages until the end of time after his stunning comeback win against Pete Sell many moons ago, while French kickboxer Cheick Kongo took a similarly unlikely win against Pat Barry in 2011 .
The most famous example of a comeback win in UFC history, however, is likely to remain that of former welterweight kingpin Matt Hughes, who defeated Frank Trigg by returning a bare choke – moments after he was caught by his opponent in the exact same technique.
It will hardly be of consolation to Amanov to be among these famous names, but it is suspected that he will not soon forget the lessons he learned on his mixed martial arts debut.
Of course, this is the case if the knockout hasn’t erased his memory for him.
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