The 8 Craziest MMA Viral Videos of 1st Half of 2014
MMA is no stranger to viral videos, but what typically makes these clips spread through the Internet?
For MMA videos, it typically falls into one of two categories: fast finishes or random hilarious happenings. 2014 is no different.
We are not quite halfway through the year, but we have already seen a handful of MMA videos go viral. With more MMA events happening now than ever before, I am sure that we are not done just yet, but it feels like the right time to go back and take a gander at some of these videos.
Have a favorite video that went viral but isn't listed here? Leave it in the comments for us all to enjoy. In the meantime, here is a look at eight of the top viral videos for 2014.
Quickest Tapout Ever?
This video went viral, and I am not sure why. Nothing happens.
The bout starts, and one of the two fighters taps out immediately and then goes to the referee to explain.
I am sure there is a story behind the tapout. Perhaps this particular fighter had an injury, or perhaps he had another justified reason for tapping out that quickly. However, why even step inside the cage? He can forfeit the match before ever stepping into the cage.
Regardless, this video went viral, and here you have it—a very fast submission.
Nick Diaz on Shogun Rua Getting Robbed
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was robbed at gunpoint in Brazil on April 27. That is no laughing matter, and thankfully, he was not harmed physically.
Reporters caught former UFC title contender Nick Diaz out and about, and they questioned him on the happenings. Diaz is a captivating figure, and his opinions are always talked about. This was no different.
At first, Diaz made light of the situation by stating they would have to kill him before making him strip down naked. Yet his tone quickly changed with the severity of the situation and states cases like this are exactly why he does not go to countries like Mexico and Brazil, where this happens frequently.
Take a listen to Diaz on the situation.
(Warning: Language in video NSFW)
This video is a typical MMA viral video: a quick finish.
Famed amateur promotion Tuff-N-Uff released video of a quick five-second KO from one of its 2014 offerings.
Corey Conway caught AJ Leone coming in with a right hand. It floored Leone, and the referee saved him from further damage. It was the type of result all fighters want.
This is the kind of video that can help propel a fighter in his career. Now, fans and pundits alike know Conway's name. The next time he steps into the cage, he will have more eyes on him to see if he can replicate the performance. No one will expect a five-second finish, but we will keep an eye to see how good his hands truly are.
Mom Jumps in the Cage
As an Ohioan, I got an extra chuckle from this video.
The fight went quickly, as the fighter in red got on the fighter in blue's back and sunk in a rear-naked choke. What happened next was equally cute and comical.
The blue fighter's mom jumped into the cage. A sweet notion, but misplaced in the world of sports. Parents have to know to stay off of the playing surfaces.
She was escorted out of the cage by a police officer. She just wanted to check on her baby boy, but the referee and ringside physician had it under control. The fighter probably won't live that down in the near future from his training partners.
Referee Leon Roberts Takes Fighters' Back
Leon Roberts is a veteran MMA referee. We have seen him in the Octagon numerous times. He is one of the best referees in the sport, and this video highlights a good reason why.
Nathias Frederick finished Ahmad Aswad, but he would not get off of him. After failing to get him to stop in the traditional method, Roberts took his back and controlled Frederick.
Ultimately, Frederick should have been disqualified. To continue throwing punches on the ground is abhorrent. Actions such as those need to be reprimanded so that fighters learn the lesson the hard way. Frederick did slightly redeem himself, however, by hugging Aswad post-fight.
This highlights why referees need to have an MMA background. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, they need to act swiftly with techniques of their own to control the fighters.
Winner Taps Out in Amateur MMA Fight
One of the most talked-about MMA viral videos is this one from AXS TV's Inside MMA.
Jeremy Rasner was getting beaten up by Mike Pantangco in this amateur bout. Pantangco was having his way on the feet, and then he did something unexpected—he tapped out to save Rasner from further punishment.
Pantangco commented on Inside MMA about his decision:
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 the fight is him to go to the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I'm just going to give him the win.
As this was an amateur fighter, Pantangco's comments make a lot of sense and are admirable.
First-Ever Team Fighting Event
We are accustomed to standard MMA, but we have seen tag team MMA clips in the past. 2014 has brought something new to the fray—team fighting.
Five-on-five on a massive mat.
The first fight for TFC went viral, and it is something else. It borders between hilarious and uncomfortable to watch. The two-, three- or four-on-one beatings are very uncomfortable to watch. It is something we do not want to witness anywhere and makes this a questionable venture.
There are several officials around to make the calls, but with this many fighters and an extremely fast pace, it is hard to see how this team fighting venture goes well in the end.
New World Record for Fastest Knockout
Anytime there is a video claiming there is a new world record, you can bet it will go viral.
March saw the rise of this fast knockout video on the Internet.
The bell rings, the fighters go to the center of the cage, and a head kick KO is immediate. The announcer reads off an official result of one second for the time of the knockout.
The time can be debated for sure. The clock on the video does not seem to start or stop when it should. Where does this rank all-time? We will have to wait to find out, but it was still an extremely fast finish that captivated people earlier this year.