Honorable Act — MMA Style

In the fight world, a good matchmaker seeks to put together well-balanced fights between opponents of similar skills and experience. On the other hand, it is no secret that there are promoters and matchmakers in the fight industry who stack fights to hand certain fighters ‘guaranteed’ wins.
And then there are some fighters who just flat out don’t train at all, and accept a fight against an opponent who has trained very hard. In any case, an untrained fighter puts him/herself at great risk, and I’ve seen stronger opponents take advantage of such situations and decimate an unprepared fighter for a big, bold win.
Here is one amazing story, however, that I’ve never seen. Read on:

MMA fighter taps out instead of beating on opponent

as seen on: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/

Amateur MMA fighter Mike Pantangco lost in extraordinary fashion recently. Pantangco appeared to be teeing off on Jeremy Rasner during their Prison City Fight League bout when he kneeled down and tapped out, signaling his submission and forcing the referee to step in and hand the win to his opponent Rasner.

According to statements given to Axs TV, Pantangco began to feel sympathy for his opponent and so he opted out of the fight.

“I just feel that there’s no point in fighting him because he didn’t train against me and I didn’t train for him and I just feel like we’re amateur fighters. We don’t get money. We don’t get paid,” said Pantangco in a heavy accent.

“And I know that the only thing [that’d happen] is him to go to the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win.”

Watch highlights via the link below.

Do you agree with Pantangco’s decision to give up rather than attempt to finish his opponent or do you think it was bizarre behavior?

Video here:



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One thought on “Honorable Act — MMA Style

  1. I like it. He’s generous to forfeit the win just so the guy doesn’t get injured but I’d only like this during an amateur fight where they aren’t getting paid or promoted. If a professional fighter did this I’d be pissed a bit. 😛

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