Ryan Couture (whose dad is this guy you may have heard of) fought for the Tuff-N-Uff 155-pound amateur title in Las Vegas over the weekend, and in a bizarre turn of events he managed to get briefly put to sleep and yet still come back to finish the fight. Couture took on Eddie Bravo student Sean Bollinger, and while the Xtreme Couture fighter was getting the better of the stand-up for most of the fight, he found himself entangled in Bollinger’s rubber guard on several occasions.
The most dangerous of those encounters came at the end of the second round, when Couture found himself locked in a triangle choke as the clock ticked down. Watch closely at the 5:55 mark as Couture’s arms go limp just after the bell rings to signal the end of the round. Bollinger sees him sleeping on the mat and jumps up to celebrate, thinking it’s all over, but Couture quickly comes to and the ref helps him into his corner to prepare for the final round.
The fight ended in a draw after the third, but we have to admit, it may have been one of the most exciting and technical amateur fights we’ve ever seen. Couture is now expected to turn pro, and a rematch with Bollinger is probably in his future. With five-minute rounds instead of three, using the round-ending bell as an alarm clock may not be such a great strategy.