Morning Report: Classy amateur fighter taps out to spare his opponent of any further damage

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Amateur MMA isn't often featured in the report but we decided to make an exception. The 'poor, nasty, brutish and [hopefully] short' phase of the sport is more often than not an eyesore so any chance to balance out the universe should be taken.

Someone working to that end is amateur flyweight Mike Pantangco. While dominating fellow amateur Jeremy Rasner in Michigan's 'Prison City Fight League' on Mar. 29, Pantangco, a Bible camp counselor originally hailing from the Philippines, decided to forfeit the bout rather than see his opponent absorb any further damage. Ruled a win for Rasner via TKO (Retirement), the bout came to close in the final seconds of the first, three-minute round.

"I just feel that there's no point fighting him because he didn't train against me and I didn't train for him and I just feel like we're amateur fighters," Pantangco told Inside MMA. "We don't get money. We don't get paid and I know that the only thing I'm going to finish him to go in the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I'm just going to give him the win."

The selfless act comes just a year removed from the death of another amateur competing in Michigan, a state where unregulated amateur MMA still flourishes.

See below for Pantangco's segment on Inside MMA. Click here to see the entire fight.

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MEDIA STEW

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Two episodes of UFC Embedded.

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Finally, some actual gameplay. Thoughts?

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King Mo bringing the realness.

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#whitepass

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Nice spotlight on T.J. Dillashaw.

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Nick Diaz explains how he would have handled himself in the Shogun robbery scenario.

(HT r/MMA)

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Long watches.

How to Be a Loser: Rich Franklin at TEDxUChicago 2014

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UFC 173 Care/Don't Care Preview

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TWEETS

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The old Lawrence Taylor trick, eh?

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Congrats.

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Looking good.

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Potato king.

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Hover hands from GSP?

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Another Matt Brown callout.

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More Rampage trolling.

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Overtraining.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (May 20 2014)

Rani Yahya out, Johnny Bedford vs. Cody Gibson at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens

cancelled Lynn Alvarez vs. Sofia Bagherdai at WSOF 10

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

Everything You NEED to Know About UFC 173 Fight Pass Prelims

I do the best I can to not lie to my loyal readers. Both of you have to be my favorite people that I've never met. But there is a reason that these are referred to as predictions. But I feel very safe in saying that these Fight Pass fights are going to be worth watching. I don't think you'll find a future champion in them... but you should find some highlight reel quality finishes. If I'm wrong then shoot me... you just gotta find where I live first...

Anthony Njokuani (16-7, 1 NC) vs. Vinc Pichel (8-1), Lightweight

Story Thus Far: Njokuani is a 13 fight WEC/UFC veteran who flies underneath the radar of the casual fan. Its kind of a shame. He won't ever contend for the title, but he is a fun striker to watch and a great gatekeeper for the younger up-and-coming fighters. Its been over a year since he last fought, so he is coming off of a long layoff.

Pichel took more than a year off himself after his first official UFC fight, but you can't blame him when he became known as the guy that Rustam Khabilov dumped on his head multiple times. He came back this past January and pulled out a workman-like victory over Garett Whiteley. Not exactly a name opponent, but ya gotta start somewhere.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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