There’s a reason the athletic commission doesn’t want fighters jumping off the cage wall after fights.
Last weekend (February 19, 2023), Kazakhstan flyweight prospect Teymur Zhaparov (11-3-1) picked up his eighth straight win, beating Zhakhongir Nazhmedinov via unanimous decision at Octagon 41 in his native country. All was well for Zhaparov until he fumbled his celebration to Johnny Walker-type degrees.
While Zhaparov may not have suffered the same kind of damage Walker did when Walker did his patented post-fight worm dance and tore a ligament in his shoulder, Zhaparov’s blunder was everything. so embarrassing. As seen in the video embedded above, the 31-year-old scaled the cage wall in an effort to…probably do a backflip? Maybe he just wanted to stand tall in victory. Either way, Zhaparov slipped and landed firmly on his bum and seemingly shook him off with no real injury.
After former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and all-time great Khabib Nurmagomedov infamously jumped into the crowd after UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada, fighters were briefed by most jurisdictions do not come out of the cage from the top. Some fighters – Justin Gaethje perhaps the most famous – have been known to celebrate their big wins with backflips from the top of the cage. Although it’s becoming a trend for “The Highlight,” there were still a few close calls during his attempts.
Luckily for Zhaparov, this little mishap didn’t happen in the UFC Octagon or he would face a hefty fine in Las Vegas. In the end, he just has to live with the lasting embarrassment as he continues to rack up as many wins as he can.
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