Merab Dvalishvili might not be the UFC’s best fighter, but he certainly has as much heart as anyone who’s ever stepped inside the octagon.
Ricky Simon put Dvalishvili in a deep guillotine choke with roughly 50 seconds remaining in their bantamweight prelim bout at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, N.J. Dvalishvili, whose face turned purple and eyes turned glassy, appeared to lose consciousness. But he signaled he was OK to the referee, who allowed the match to continue.
From there, Dvalishvili bicycle-kicked his way to the final bell, seemingly surviving to see a decision. But the referee deemed he was unconscious when the match ended, and awarded Simon a TKO submission victory at 5:00 of the third round.
Watch the video to see a truly chaotic conclusion to a UFC fight:
Somehow he didn't tap 👀 pic.twitter.com/tBk6I2db3u
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) 22 de abril de 2018