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I’m Mark Heath, the Head of Sport at Archant Suffolk and, as you might expect, something of a sports fanatic.
But, while my peers crave football, rugby and cricket, my particular sporting passions lie more outside the mainstream – namely combat sports.For me, boxing and mixed martial arts are the ultimate in athletic pursuits and in this blog I’ll be endeavouring to bring you all the best from those worlds.They’re exciting, explosive, fast paced sports – and hopefully Bloody Nose will be the same!
Tue, Jun 28 2011 1:20 PM
If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.
UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo was being soundly battered by hard-hitting foe Pat 'HD' Barry - downed twice, seemingly unconcious at least once and on seriously wobbly legs when, as Barry rushed in for the finish, the Frenchman somehow summoned an uppercut which turned out HD's lights. Quick.
The incredible finish, which happened at UFC on Versus 4 on Sunday night, closed one of the wildest back-and-forth fights in UFC history. But is it the greatest comeback ever seen in MMA?
Consider the evidence for yourself. Here's Kongo's remarkable victory as the jaws of defeat were closing firmly around him...
To my mind there are two other contenders. The first saw Scott Smith thoroughly live up to his 'Hands of Steel' nickname when he decimated Pete Sell with a right cross shortly after doubling over in pain from a body shot.
The fact he collapsed straight afterwards, rather than celebrate his instant classic KO, shows just how close he was to losing the fight....it was the last act of a desperate, badly hurt man, a true hail mary punch.
And then we have Chris Leben's astounding turnaround victory against Terry Martin. Leben is guts and heart personified, and he hits like Godzilla. Here he is proving both those facts...
But which was the best? I'll leave that to you, obviously. If pressed, I'd lean towards Scott Smith - I can still remember jumping in the air and speaking in several strange tongues after he did that. Remarkable with a capital R, my friends.
Finally, one bonus miracle comeback - and quote possibly my favourite of them all.
Boxer Danny Williams found himself fighting Mark Potter for the British heavyweight title with a dislocated shoulder. Rather than quit, as would have been entirely reasonable and perhaps sensible, Williams proved he has more grapefruits than your average greengrocer when did this. Enjoy......
What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Cheers!
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