The world of pro fighting can be an odd place at times. And when two big dudes come out throwing leather with their chins in the air, it can also be a place where consciousness is a fleeting state. That was the case when Joe Muir met Amanaki Havili at Underground MMA 1 in New South Wales, Australia last Friday night. Muir (the white guy) counters a leg kick with an overhand right just seconds into the fight, and though Havili was pretty much done at that point, Muir went ahead and added a couple more for good measure, resulting in Havili doing the mummy pose nine seconds after the start of the fight. It’s still not as quick as the often-overlooked Duane Ludwig-Jonathan Goulet knockout, but it’s at least good enough to rival Todd Duffee.
After the jump, one of those double knockouts we love, plus a mercifully brutal ending to a terribly boring fight.
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This may be from a couple of years ago, but it’s new to us. In another bout from the land down under, this time under muay thai rules, two fighters see the opening they’ve been waiting for at exactly the same time. The referee seems unsure how to handle this, but if all the pro wrestling we watched growing up taught us anything, it’s that the thing to do here is count to ten and see who can get back on their feet first. In this case they both do a courageous job of acheiving and maintaining an upright posture, but that stick-in-the-mud referee won’t let it continue. Come on man, didn’t you at least want to see what they’d do to each other after that?
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And finally, one of the most bizarre performances we’ve ever seen from a 2004 ZST match between Takumi "The Oriental Mystery" Yano and Remigijus Morkevicius. Though Yano’s unorthodox approach to fighting landed him a spot on our Eight Sickest Submissions of All Time list, in this case it just resulted in a lot of unsatisfying flopping about on the ground until the 5:45 mark when Yano actually attempted some offense. The armbar attempt seems like a good idea until Yano ends up airborne, but at least Morkevicius never got to do whatever it was he had in mind when he lifts one foot in the air over a sleeping Yano at the 6:05 mark.
BTW, if you’re wondering what Yano’s been up to lately, he fought on another ZST show in May, where he lost via disqualification for "stalling" against Kenichi Ito. Not at all difficult to believe, is it?