After a three-round fight, Marcus Brimage and Maximo Blanco engage in some of the strangest post-fight antics in UFC history at UFC 145 in Atlanta on Saturday night.
Frustrated by Blanco's lack of aggression, Brimage began running in place to mock his Venezuelan opponent. That is where things started to get strange, as Blanco answered by mimicking everything Brimage did.
Eventually, both fighters broke out into a full-scale gymnastics competition inside the Octagon, where both fighters were matching each other's cartwheels and back flips.
After the tumbling act, Brimage was named the winner in a split decision. Below is a full recap of the actual MMA competition between the two fighters.
Maximo Blanco begins his UFC career with a grazing kick to the head of Marcus Brimage. The former The Ultimate Fighter participant is unaffected and presses forward, though. A leg kick and straight punch land to the head of Blanco.
Brimage rushes forward and lands another left hand midway through the opening round. Blanco ducks a punch and briefly takes the fight to the ground. As Brimage works his way back to his feet, Blanco scores with an uppercut.
As Brimage looks to press forward again, Blanco counters with a right hook. The fighters trade leg kicks with about one minute left in the frame. The aggressor in this first round, Brimage tags Blanco with another combination as he moves forward.
B/R scores the round 10-9 Brimage.
Brimage lands a leg kick to the lead leg of the Venezuelan, but Blanco answers with a front kick. Blanco attempts another front kick, but Brimage counters. A flying knee lands for Blanco, but Brimage answers by knocking his opponent to the canvas with a left hook.
The 28-year-old quickly regains his feet and the pace slows.
A left hook lands for Brimage, then both competitors simultaneously land left hooks. Blanco counters another rushing attack from Brimage with a right hook and lands a puch kick at the end of the round.
B/R scores the round 10-9 Blanco (19-19).
A head kick misses for Blanco and Brimage swipes the 28-year-old's other leg out from under him. Blanco returns to his feet and attempts a takedown, but Brimage stuffs it and lands while rushing forward.
With slightly more than one minute remaining in the fight, both fighters swing, but nothing significant lands for either competitor. Another takedown attempt is stuffed by Brimage, which may seal the close fight for him on the scorecards.
Both fighters feel they won, though, and they begin to mock each other by mimicking the other's celebrations.
B/R scores the round 10-9 Brimage (29-28 Brimage).
Brimage defeats Blanco by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
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