UFC 294 saw more than its fair share of strange moments.
The pay-per-view event at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi saw a number of low blow fouls, illegal strikes, and peculiar decisions by the cageside doctor. Unfortunately for the fighter on the receiving end, a strike will stray south from time to time. It’s an inevitable part of the striking element of MMA, as kicks are often aimed at the lower region of the body.
On the preliminary portion of the card, a kick from Javid Basharat landed low, causing Victor Henry to fall to the canvas in pain. If that wasn’t bad enough, the doctor entered the cage not to check on Henry, but to tell him the kick didn’t land illegally. Henry, still writhing in pain, couldn’t believe his ears. Ultimately, the fight was ruled a no contest.
The same doctor made his presence felt on the main card when he determined Johnny Walker was unable to continue after Magomed Anklaev landed an illegal knee to the head. Walker, who was grounded at the time the strike connected, appeared to be ready to continue moments after the referee paused the fight. But the doctor nearly caused a brawl when he told the referee Walker could not proceed.
We asked our “Spinning Back Clique” to look back at the strange occurrences. Farah Hannoun, Nolan King, and Brian “Goze” Garcia discuss with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia.
You can watch their conversation in the video above, and check out this week’s full episode below on YouTube or in podcast form.
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