12-29-14. By JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com
On the last fight weekend of 2014 we saw a lot of great fights but what got me the most was one fight that prompted me to write about it. It took place on the UFC Fight Night 58 in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Jose Correa Arena.
This fight was on the preliminary card of the event in the Featherweight division. It was Renato Carneiro def. Tom Niinimaki but that isn’t what caused me to write about this fight. It was the end of the match that got to me.
Niinimaki was looking for a win after his last 2 losses. Carneiro was making his UFC debut and was attempting to keep his undefeated streak going. These two men were in the process of creating a fight-of-the-night for sure. In the 2nd round Carneiro caught Niinimaki off guard on the ground where Carneiro got the rear naked choke for the win.
But here is where the best part of the fight came in. After the match, Carneiro got on his knees to thank God and then went over to Niinimaki to make sure he was alright. He helped Niinimaki up onto his feet and then Carnerio got back on his knees and bowed with respect. He then got back up, picked up Niinimaki hands and pointed at him like he was the winner and gave him a lot of respect. I haven’t seen this in MMA, Boxing, or Kickboxing in a long time and to see this reassures me that there are still fighters out there that would do stuff like this.
I wanted to give both these men the respect they deserve by writing about this and acknowledge that we fans understood the significance of what took place. Both of these fighters should be proud of the fight they served up to us and for displaying the sportsmanship we all want to see. Thank you both very much!
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