Controversy on TUF. Akira Corassani: I know for myself that I never tapped ... I raised my hand and tapped one time on his thigh - MMAmania.com
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 saw its first controversy of the season last night (Oct. 19, 2011) on "Swagger Jacker," episode five of the Spike TV reality show. |
In round one of the featherweight elimination fight between Dustin Neace and Akira Corassani, Neace rolls into a heel hook with just over a minute left in the opening frame. Corassani appears to tap out ... or does he?
Here's what he told MMA Nation in his guest blog:
"I was almost gassed just walking into the cage. Whatever, I'm a professional and I got the job done. I had double vision the whole fight. I actually don't remember anything from that fight. I just remember two things. One is the knockdown. The other was that when he had me in a heel hook it wasn't there. It wasn't in. If you watch the video again you see my knee pop out because he slipped. He lost his grip. I was thinking 'holy shit he's got it!' I changed my mind the moment he slipped. I've watched it maybe 100 times and I know for myself that I never tapped. Herb Dean has refereed thousands of fights and he didn't see a clear tap. Usually it's a horror scene when somebody taps from a heel hook. People start screaming and crying. I raised my hand and tapped one time on his thigh but it wasn't one of those dramatic taps like a metal drummer. It slipped out and I just went up on him. I would be honest and say I tapped if I did. I know the feeling that went through my body saying 'this is going to hurt, I'm going to tap.' But then I got out. One hit and then I'm out."
I rewatched that part of the fight a few times...I actually hear a borderline yell/scream of pain.
Even Dana after the fight said that if Herb stopped it, no one would refute the tap. But at the same time, Herb didn't stop the fight.
It sucks. Neace lost it. Mayhem was right....after that round, he was solely thinking about that 'tap'
Every fighter has to learn about it...but with heel hooks and kneebars, they are probably the most dangerous submissions that can ruin a fighters career.
I bet you next time Neace is going to hold on until the ref stops him....or maybe injure his opponent.
Irony of the match was before stepping in the cage Neace said if he got an RNC on Akira he would hold it longer than he is suppose to because of his hate for Akira.....then he actually lets off that heelhook and lets him pop out as he is complaining to the ref.
What do you guys think? Did he tap? Is Neace the number one fill in fighter for any fighter that is overweight or injured?
Is Bisping becoming more and more of a dick? And he is missing like every 2nd TUF event...showing up late....his fighters saying that he is showing up late because he was out drinking all night?