Chaos breaks out after fighter scores controversial KO win
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 11, 2017 04:43 PM
This is why they tell you to keep your hands up at all times. (Screenshot from ESPN on Instagram)
If there's one cardinal rule in combat sports, it's that you always keep your hands up.
Whether it be in boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts, you are told to defend yourself at all times, and over at the Glory 42 kickboxing event in Paris over the weekend, "keeping your hands up" could have probably saved everyone a whole lot of trouble.
Dutch welterweight Murthel Groenhart scored a devastating knockout after, for whatever reason, his opponent, Harut Grigorian of Armenia, turned his back as if he was heading back to his corner.
Since the referee did not halt the action, Groenhart reacted by landing a vicious right hook that immediately sent Grigorian to the mat.
That's when chaos took over.
Likely unhappy with how the fight ended, a couple of fans then rushed Groenhart as he was celebrating in his corner, landing a number of punches before being pulled off.
As you can hear from the broadcast's commentators, Groenhart's KO punch was indeed legal because the referee did not stop the fight.
According to MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi, Groenhart may have suffered more damage in the post-fight attack than he did in the fight itself.
“Some guy caught me with a hook to my face,” Groenhart said on the broadcast. “I got my guard up. With those hands without gloves, it came through to my chin and my teeth. I think it's broken [jaw], I don't know. It hurts.”
Even Grigorian's trainer Nick Hemmers agreed that it wasn't an illegal blow.