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Knockout of the Morning: In Malaysia, Glove-Tapping is a Sign of Disrespect Punishable by Death

(Props to the UG for the find. Skip to the 1 minute mark for the start of the action.) 

Over the years, we’ve seen all kinds of reactions to the somewhat customary yet completely optional touch of gloves at the beginning of an MMA fight. Manny Gamburyan used the opportunity to kick Jeff Cox in the chest at Fight Night 13 back in 2008, and although he won that fight, “The Anvil” was punished by the karma gods with two straight losses and a pink slip shortly thereafter. Convicted heroin smuggler Paul Kelly attempted a similarly dirty move against Donald Cerrone at UFC 126, then tried acting like he didn’t mean to after he was choked out some seven minutes later. And don’t even get us started on JR Fuller, the patron saint of fake glove-tappers.

Then there are guys like Firuz Karomatov, a Malaysian fighter who, according to his Sherdog profile, stands at 0’0″ and fights at N/Aweight. Karomatov made his professional MMA debut at MFC 6 a couple weeks back, and as is often the case with severely undersized people, he clearly had a chip on his shoulder heading into the fight. And when his opponent, Muhammad Hakim biz Azmi, held his glove out to perform the classic “At Arm’s Length” prank? You better believe that Firuz responded by kicking his bully opponent in the head and blitzkrieging the disrespectful bastard until he lay unconscious on the mat some 15 seconds later.

To be fair, you could make the argument that biz Azmi was not taunting Firuz and was simply trying to be a good sport, but what fun is that? JUSTICE: SERVED.

-J. Jones

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thaibkk09- June 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Firuz isnt from Malaysia, Hes from Taji. Thats just plain rude and dirty for Firuz's action.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm
Well, at least he didn't act like he was going to tap gloves. The worst are the Colton Smith-esque coming in with your hand out like you are tapping gloves and then shooting for a takedown or throwing a strike.
SquidInk- June 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Inevitably someone is gonna come in here and remind everyone, "Protect yourself at all times."

I know, I know. But still, the cheap shot at a guy trying to do a glove tap is just that... a cheap shot.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm
I like to use the glove touch opportunity to throw blinding powder in my opponents eyes. It's way easier to strike with deadly accuracy when everything goes super slo-mo well he staggers around in shocked agony.

Mr_Misanthropy- June 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm
While goddamit not well.
Fried Taco- June 3, 2013 at 9:24 am
In my fights, when the ref brings us to the middle and tells us to touch gloves, I punch my opponent in the nuts instead.