The UFC 286 fight between Jafel Filho and Muhammad Mokaev has been one of the strangest ones to date.
And not just because Mokaev refused to tap out to a gnarly Kneebar.
At one point during the fight, Mokaev seemingly tapped on his opponent’s back, in a peculiar position – where the referee wasn’t able to see the alleged tap take place.
Watch it below:
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Mokaev win needs to be overturned or ruled a no contest. That was clearly a tap the moment he tapped Jafel Filho let go. Watch the video pic.twitter.com/vRvRUfNCGQ
— Justin Graham (@jgraham00) March 19, 2023
Mokaev ultimately won the bout via submission. However, Filho now wants the fight outcome to be reconsidered.
For, in his words, Mokaev didn’t just seemingly tap once – but for a total of three times.
Here’s what he told MMA Fighting:
[Mokaev tapped] at least three times. I felt him tapping on my back like he was hiding, with malice.
There was another situation I went for the Guillotine and then attacked his injured shoulder, he tapped and I loosened it up a little bit.
I was looking at the referee the entire time.
The Kneebar, I felt him tapping with his foot and the referee asked him: “Tap?”
I loosened it, and he was able to twist his knee a little bit.
However, Mokaev denies the taps ever took place:
Listen, Ariel, if I didn’t tap to my knee, do you think I would tap to—what he said? Guillotine, right?
Guillotine wasn’t even locked. How the hell people would actually believe I would tap to this Guillotine that can’t put me to sleep?
Basically, his foot was in my boxers, and he said: “Sorry.” He said: “Sorry, sorry.”
He stopped and I said: “All good. All good. Let’s go.”
Muhammad Mokaev shoots down claims he tapped in the first round at UFC 286 🚫 #TheMMAHour
“Basically, his foot was in my boxers and he said, ‘Sorry, sorry.’ He stopped and I said, ‘All good, all good, let’s go.’ That’s what I said.”
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— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 20, 2023