This past Saturday China saw a spectacular display of unsportsmanlike behavior during an MMA fight.
The two fighter in the exchange were Bakhityar Barotov and Ibragim Khailov.
At WBK 22, Bakhityar Barotov extended the gloves for a fist bump to Khaliov – a common fighter etiquette. But soon enough he was KO-ed.
Khaliov opted to land a huge bomb to Barotov’s jaw knocking him out on the spot.
WBK 22 – MMA – Tangkai KO’s Maksim in 1R pic.twitter.com/oVc2QWEz4e
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In grappling the fist bump slap which is done all over the world can lead into an opening for a flying triangle if you’re not careful – as per this account from reddit:
But still – abandoning etiquette doesn’t seem to be worth it. If we sacrifice good friendly sport displays over the rare bad apple we’ll be compromising our reputations as athletes.
You can check out some more top contenders for the Top 10 Unsportsmanlike gestures in 2016 below