MELBOURNE, AUS-All eyes were glued to the fight of the night at UFC 193 in Melbourne. The highly-anticipated event featured incredible bouts in which the stars of the sport flashed some of their expected grandeur. But one fight in particular captivated an international audience and ended with a fearsome knockout that nobody saw coming from an unlikely new celebrity in the sport, American fighter James Moontasri.
“I think you have the wrong person,” Moontasri insisted to reporters. “I really think the person you’re looking for is Holly Holmes, who knocked out Ronda Rousey. I knocked out some dude no one has ever heard of.”
Moontasri’s humble nature is exactly one that can flourish in the UFC world, which is currently dominated by boastful, hot-headed bigshots at every weight class. The opponent he knocked out, Australian Anton Zafir, is a perfect example. The now 7-2 fighter barked at reporters when they asked how it felt to be knocked out in the biggest fight in recent memory.
“Are you idiots serious?” he yelled. “I’m the one who got knocked out by a spinning kick to the head, yet you cucks are the ones that seem brain dead. Nobody cares about our fight at all; the amazing result of Holly Holm knocking out Ronda Rousey with surprising ease is the giant upset you should be clamoring to report on.”
“Hey!” Holly Holmes called out to a media group. “Are you looking for me? I can take questions over here.”
UFC president Dana White put the epic clash in perspective the morning after the fight at his press conference.
“Umm. I don’t mean to diminish the value to the UFC of James and Anton as fighters; I think they’re excellent at what they do,” White announced to the press. “But it’s very clear that the knockout in that fight was not the most notable of the night. In fact, for the casual fan, I’d argue the only result that mattered at all was Ronda’s defeat. So I’m not sure what you’re getting at.”
It should come as no surprise that after such an astounding result, the giants of the sport are more or less at a loss for words.