With the world and the odds pretty much stacked against them, it must be tough on Conor McGregor’s entire team right about now. First of all, their fearless leader is about to get annihilated in the boxing ring in about a month’s time. Secondly, two members of their team just got KTFO’d at UFC Fight Night 113.
28-year old Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson and middleweight Charlie Ward just got separated from their senses care of their opponents. And it certainly wasn’t pretty.
Ponzinibibbio decks Gunni in one
It took barely a round for 30-year old Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio to stop submissions expert Gunnar Nelson. The Argentine slugger finished Nelson with a barrage of punches to claim the technical knockout victory in front of a packed crowd at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland last Sunday evening.
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Nelson, however, alludes to an eye poke as being the cause of defeat.
“I don’t like to make excuses, but this is the truth, how I feel anyway, is I should have stopped the fight when I got poked,” said Gunni at the post-fight press conference. “I should have stopped it then because I’m seeing two Ponzinibbio’s in front of me. And that was like that until I remember standing up and the fight was over.”
Nelson says he felt he should have called a timeout when he realized something was wrong.
“I should have stopped it then and I’m not saying, like, he did a good job and maybe it would have happened anyway,” said Nelson. “Maybe my reflexes just wouldn’t have been enough to move away from the punch, but this is how I felt, like, I’m kind of kicking myself in the head for not just stopping the fight and being greedy, because I caught him and I thought he was on the run. I should have just stopped the fight, recovered my eye, and carried on from there. But I didn’t, and here we are now. You win or you learn, and I’ll definitely learn from this.”
Galore Bafondo Knocks Out Charlie Ward with SLAM
In probably a first inside the Octagon, welterweight Galore Bafondo scored an emphatic knockout victory over Charlie Ward, slamming him to the mat with a vicious throw until he was unconscious.
As soon as Ward’s head hit the canvas, he was out like a light. Bafondo managed to get in a few fists before the referee was able to step in. But they were completely unnecessary.
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Something has to change in Ward’s preparation. Because he is now 0-2 in the UFC and both losses have come by way of KTFO. If you don’t know what that stands for, watch the insane clip.
With Conor McGregor busy in his preparations for Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. this August, his teammates have dropped like flies. Will “The Notorious” finally score one for his home team? Or will the American boxing legend do what many are expecting him to do and that is to dominate McGregor and possibly even stop him? We will soon find out.