Muhammad Mokaev, a highly-touted prospect in the UFC, found himself in a difficult situation during his fight at UFC 286 when he was caught in a dangerous kneebar in the third round. Although it was initially seen that Mokaev had tapped out, there is some debate over whether he had submitted or not.
Regardless, the 22-year-old fighter managed to escape from the hold and then quickly turned the tables, securing a finish of his own just seconds later. This impressive display of resilience and skill allowed 'The Punisher' to avoid his first loss in the sport and continue his promising career in the UFC.
During the first two rounds of the bout, Muhammad Mokaev was the dominant force as he used his wrestling skills and ground control to dictate the pace of the match. However, his opponent, Jafel Filho, proved to be a tough competitor, defending well against Mokaev's attacks on the ground.
Mokaev now has a perfect 4-0 record in the UFC as he advances steadily in the flyweight division. Nevertheless, after this victory, he will probably have his knee examined to see the extent of any possible injury.
Twitter erupts in controversy as video footage of Muhammad Mokaev tapping to Jafel Filho emerges
Social media platform Twitter is currently abuzz with controversy following the emergence of video footage from UFC 286, which appears to show Muhammad Mokaev tapping out to Jafel Filho during their fight. The video has sparked heated debate among fans and alike, with many questioning whether the tap out was legitimate or not.
Some have expressed their belief that Mokaev may have been saved by the referee's blind spot, while others maintain that he was not submitting. Regardless of the outcome, this video has caused quite a stir in the MMA community.
Check out the alleged tap out below:
"He 100% tapped. Maybe thats his injured shoulder Filho was manipulating?"
Twitter user @keeeeeeemon wrote:
"He was saying good job."
"If he didn’t tap to the knee bar that is not a tap."
User @DJ_COWBOI wrote:
"Tapping to a closed guard?"
"It was a tap of respect I assume, Jiri did it against Glover like a thousand times."