Have you ever seen anything like this? MMA fighter Mike Pantangco was winning his fight with Jeremy Raser at a Prison City Fight League event in Michigan in March when he decided to tap out, explaining that he did that because he didn’t want to hurt his opponent.
Here’s how Pantangco explained his actions:
“I just feel that there’s no point 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 and I know that the only thing I’m going to finish him to go in the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win.”
Though the highlight video at the top makes it look like it was a completely one-sided affair, as Bloody Elbow points out, a look at the full fight video shows that while Pantangco was winning the fight, he wasn’t completely dominating. Raser was still able to defend himself and got a takedown to start the fight. And it’s not like Pantangco’s weak punches were doing much damage, anyway.
Though it comes off as a great act of sportsmanship, Pantangco’s actions now look to me like some cockiness; what makes him think he was going to put the other guy in the hospital?