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MMA fighter Mike Pantangco taps out to avoid injuring opponent (Video)

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.

Mike Pantangco taps out

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?

Anderson Silva not sure if he’ll ‘be in the mood’ for eight more fights

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva signed a 10-fight contract with the UFC last year. That was before he suffered a horrific leg injury back in December against Chris Weidman. The former Middleweight Champion has been making great progress since breaking his leg and recently announced that he will fight again next year, but he has eight fights remaining on his contract. Can he actually make it that long?

On Tuesday, Silva expressed doubt over whether he will be able to fulfill his entire contract during an interview with Sportv.

“I have eight fights to do yet in my contract. I want to do all these fights but I don’t know that I will be in the mood to do this,” Silva said, according to a translation from Bloody Elbow. “For now, I’m very excited, I’m going through a renovation phase. It’s going to be nice for me do what I love when I be back to fighting.

Silva turned 39 last month and has fought a ton in his career. He has 39 total MMA fights and has won 33 of them. Obviously, he is no longer at the top of his game. You can call the broken leg loss a fluke, but Weidman also defeated Silva by knockout five months earlier and ended his reign as the longest title holder in UFC history.

Eight more fights means at least four more years. With the way Silva has been going, there is a very slim chance we see him in the octagon eight more times.

Renzo Gracie reportedly arrested following fight with bouncers (Video)

Renzo-GracieRenzo Gracie has not fought in the octagon in over four years, but that doesn’t mean the Brazilian mixed martial artist has executed his last takedown. On Sunday night, Gracie got into it with some bouncers outside a nightclub in New York City.

Sherdog.com reported that Gracie was arrested following the incident. The following video, which contains NSFW language, shows some of the exchanges that took place after the alleged brawl.

The guy who recorded the cell phone video claims Gracie and about seven men arrived at 1-Oak in Manhattan and took the liberty of going to the front of the line. The 47-year-old then got into it with a doorman, and his group allegedly started to rumble with some bouncers. The witness said Gracie put one bouncer into a guillotine choke at one point.

Police then arrived and arrested Gracie and all of his friends. For a guy who is nearly over the hill, it sure sounds like the world famous Jiu-Jitsu coach still has some moves.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Jenna Jameson to Tito Ortiz after win: ‘Maybe fight Rampage’

Tito Ortiz Jenna JamesonTito Ortiz registered a win over Alexander Shlemenko in his Bellator MMA debut on Saturday night. Ortiz defeated Shlemenko with a first-round arm triangle choke submission, and very few were surprised. Shlemenko is a small middleweight who had to move up to fight Ortiz and the odds were stacked against him.

In fact, the size difference between the two fighters was so evident that Jenna Jameson felt it constituted cheating.

“Sometimes it’s easiest to win when you’re twice the size…” Jameson wrote in a tweet that was later deleted but captured by MMA Fighting. “#maybefightrampage #actuallyteachinghissonscheatingisok.”

As many of you know, saying that Jameson’s opinion of Ortiz is biased would be an understatement. The two have a long history that is littered with drug abuse accusations, domestic assault and nasty custody battles.

Jackson and Ortiz were supposed to fight last year, but Ortiz had to pull out with a neck injury. No alternate date for the fight was ever scheduled.

H/T Bloody Elbow

King Mo calls Bjorn Rebney a d— rider

King Mo LawalKing Mo was pretty upset after losing a decision to Rampage Jackson on Saturday at Bellator 120, and he seemed to take out his frustration on Bellator founder/CEO Bjorn Rebney afterwards.

Oh, and he did so with a pretty hilarious blast.

King Mo told MMA Fighting after the bout that he won the fight and that Rampage was asking for a rematch prior to the decision being announced, which was an indication to him that he won. He also said the fans all know he won. He also let this out:

“Bjorn, you know what’s up man. Your d*ck riding ass. You know I won that f*cking fight, you smiling and sh*t,” King Mo said via MMA Fighting.

Rebney says he had a heart-to-heart chat with King Mo afterwards and that they “squashed” the issue. He says a rematch will be under consideration.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like Rebney saying that there’s been an olive branch extended. I’m all for more name-calling and d— riding blasts.

Shahbulat Shamhalaev has arm broken by Fabricio Guerreiro kimura (GIF)

Shahbulat Shamhalaev arm brokenShahbulat Shamhalaev lost to Fabricio Guerreiro by first-round submission in the preliminary card for Bellator 120 on Saturday night, and he had his arm broken while being submitted.

Guerreiro got Shamhalaev with a kimura and had his opponent’s left arm bent backwards. He proceeded to work on it until it snapped. What stinks is that Shamhalaev clearly was tapping out, but the referee didn’t see it in time to step in and call the fight. And Guerreiro didn’t stop either until he snapped that chicken wing like he was working on a 12-piece bucket from KFC.

I guess that’s just the cost of doing business sometimes when you’re a professional MMA fighter. I just hope that’s not Shamhalaev’s wiping hand.

GIF via ZombieProphet

MMA ref Leon Roberts nearly submits fighter with choke to stop fight (Video)

Leon Roberts refereeMMA referee Leon Roberts showed us that there is much more to officiating an MMA fight than you probably realized. Sometimes, the job calls for you to get physical.

Case in point: the fight Roberts reffed between Nathias Frederick and Ahmad Aswad on April 26. Frederick delivered a knockout punch on Aswad and jumped on his opponent. Roberts realized immediately that Aswad was knocked out, so he rushed over to stop the fight. He had to get physical when Frederick wouldn’t stop punching Aswad despite already winning the fight. So Roberts wrestled Frederick away, got both hooks in, and nearly applied a rear naked choke on the fighter to subdue him.

That was enough to shake Frederick out of his “kill” mode and get him back to life. Awesome job by Roberts … and sick moves!

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