Friday, December 2, 2022

Watch: MMA Fighter Gets Choked Unconscious Despite Tapping

MMA fighter Mikhail Tarkhanov tapped to a submission attempt from Alibek Kuzhbaev but still ended up with the lights going out at Naiza FC 44.

Tarkhanov and Kuzhbaev opened up the main card of Naiza FC 44 on Friday in Almaty, KZ. The two featherweights aimed to get back in the win column following recent losses in their last performances.

Just seconds before the conclusion of Round 1, Kuzhbaev moved the fight to the ground before trapping Tarkhanov in a north-south choke. It didn’t take long for Tarkhanov to tap, though the referee reacted late to the tap and Tarkhanov fell unconscious.

MMA Fighter Alibek Kuzhbaev Submitted Mikhail Tarkhanov At Naiza FC 44

Watch below as Kuzhbaev gets the finish and the referee is late to prevent Tarkhanov from going to sleep.

Kuzhbaev lost to Elvis Martins via a second-round TKO at Naiza FC 36 last December. He was supposed to face Agoney Romero at Naiza FC 44 before Romero withdrew due to an undisclosed reason.

Tarkhanov has now lost nine fights in a row since a win over Mikhail Dekterev at RBM 7 in Dec. 2020. This was the fifth time during the current losing streak that he had been submitted.

Naiza FC 44 featured two title fights and a lightweight title headliner between Magomed Kabardiev and Farkhodjon Mashrapov.

Want to see more sick finishes? Check out our original Top 10 Finishes of the Week series here!