Fans erupt over ‘absolutely disgusting’ KO
Fight fans have blown up on social media following a sickening knockout at the latest UFC fight night in Tampa.
Mike Davis took on Thomas Gifford in one of the bouts on the UFC Tampa preliminary card and from the opening round it was clear which way the fight was going.
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Davis absolutely dominated Gifford and rocked him over and over again before the bell rang to end the opening round.
The ugly beat down continued for a further two more rounds before Davis landed the final blow with 15 seconds remaining in the fight and sent Gifford falling face first to the canvas in scary scenes.
Fans watching on however were disgusted the fight almost went the distance with Gifford simply unable to stop the flood of punches from landing.
Some pointed the finger at the referee for failing to step in while others highlighted the corner for not throwing in the towel.
The referee who was in charge of the fight, Andrew Glenn, was later pulled from the card following the sickening display.
His remaining fights were handed to long-time UFC referee Herb Dean.
Andrew Glenn, who was the referee for that horrendous Gifford annihilation on the prelims, was pulled from this fight by the athletic commission. Herb Dean referees instead.— Ben Kiely (@TheJivemaster) October 13, 2019
Good call. Fair play. #UFCTampa
Later in the card it was another knockout that had fans up and out of their seat, but this time their was no outrage being directed towards the referee.
In the opening round of Niko Price's fight agains James Vick, Price found himself in a bad position on his back as Vick reigned down punches.
But Price didn't panic and waited for his moment to strike and when it came he delivered an upkick right into the grill of Vick and turned his lights out.
Far to say the insane knockout is almost a shoe in for the knockout of the night award with fans left picking their jaws up off the floor over the stunning victory.
Upkick KO from Niko Price!!! Oh my lord this guy. That was wild. #UFCTampa— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) October 13, 2019
UFC TAMPA FIGHT CARD & RESULTS
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson
Cub Swanson vs. Kron Gracie
Niko Price defeated James Vick via KO (upkick), round 1
Amanda Ribas defeated Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Frevola defeated Luis Pena via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Eryk Anders defeated Gerald Meerschaert via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan Spann defeated Devin Clark via submission (guillotine choke), 2:01 of round 2
Mike Davis defeated Thomas Gifford via KO (right hook), 4:45 of round 3
Alex Morono defeated Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Deiveson Figueiredo defeated Tim Elliott via submission (guillotine choke), 3:08 of round 1
Marlon Vera defeated Andre Ewell via TKO (elbows), 3:17 of round 3
Miguel Baeza defeated Hector Aldana via TKO (leg kicks and punches), 2:32 of round 2
Marvin Vettori defeated Andrew Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
JJ Aldrich defeated Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Holy hell. One of the worst beatdowns I’ve seen in the UFC Octagon. You really hate to see that. #UFCTampa— Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) October 12, 2019
There was nothing good about what just happened in the Octagon. Hope Gifford is OK. #UFCTampa— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 12, 2019
Well, that KO was unnecessary. Impressive by Mike Davis but should the referee have stopped that earlier? #UFCTampa— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 12, 2019
The way Gifford just fell was scary. These refs have to be smarter. How much damage must a young man absorb? #UFCTampa— Matt Schnell (@DANGER_Caged) October 12, 2019
That stupid knockout didn't need to happen. Fight should've been stopped two minutes earlier. Dumb. #UFCTampa— Brendan Bradford (@1bbradfo) October 12, 2019
that was a disgusting finish... that referee just did a HORRIBLE job letting that fight go WAY WAY WAY too long— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) October 12, 2019
Niko Price is a ridiculous fighter.— Ben Kiely (@TheJivemaster) October 13, 2019
That was outrageous! #UFCTampa