The victory celebration is as important and iconic a moment in mixed martial arts as it is in any other sport — just think of or Tito Ortiz’s gravedigger routine or Chuck Liddell’s iconic open-arm-run-around-the-ring-screaming thingy. It’s a facet of victory that can not only serve as a fighter’s trademark, but one that can even heighten the atmosphere of a fight after the climax has already come and gone (phrasing). Say what you want about the guy, but Thiago Silva‘s knockouts wouldn’t be nearly as badass without his celebratory throat slit. The same goes for Gabriel Gonzaga‘s “HULK LOVE CAMERA!!” verbal attack.
At just 2-0 as a professional, it appears that Denmark-based bantamweight Anna “Panda” Elmose has already learned the correlation between signature celebrations and marketability. After viciously KO’ing her most recent opponent, Elmose opted for a victory routine that I can only describe as equal parts avante-guard and Canadian. She curtsied, Nation. She curtsied while her opponent laid unconscious in a puddle of her own spit and disappointment. Think of it as the anti-Tank Abbott, if you will.
Personally, I would have preferred to see Elmose link her nickname with her celebration and engage in a post-victory munching of a bamboo stalk, but then again, I’m not the one going viral today.