In Russia, if you step into the cage, you better be ready to go at a moment’s notice.
That’s exactly what happened to two unidentified fighters Saturday at an R3 Fighting Championship event in Moscow, who somehow ended up getting booked to compete in an actual fight after their two teams sparked a chaotic brawl.
Check out the footage and info below, courtesy of @Grabaka_Hitman.
Chaos at R3 Fighting Championship in Moscow. No idea what's going on, but these things happen in Russian MMA. pic.twitter.com/OKnUTa7Zho— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 26, 2021
Post-fight brawls are nothing new in MMA, even ones as wild as this incident that saw several people decide to vault into the cage and cause the melee to escalate. At some point cooler heads prevailed, but that was only the beginning of the action.
Two of the men involved in the scuffle proceeded to put the gloves and shorts on for an organized fight, which maybe shouldn’t be surprising given that this was an amateur show with 28 fights on it already. The sanctioning feels a little fast and loose here.
They just put gloves on the guys in the black and blue shirts and they're about to fight https://t.co/whYf3o6Xe7— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 26, 2021
If this was happening in any other country I'd say it was fake but nope, these dudes are actually fighting right now. pic.twitter.com/u7Tu0yNyVw— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 26, 2021
The ensuing fight did not take too long to resolve as the fighter in the red gloves scored with a slam before eventually taking the back of his opponent and finishing with a rear-naked choke. One can only hope that the outcome settled the beef, at least for now.
Blue shirt wins by first round RNC. Only in Russia hahaha pic.twitter.com/O4HOawR97o— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 26, 2021
It’s not clear who exactly these two brave souls are who agreed to scrap on the spot, but it should be pointed out that this went from post-fight brawl to actual fight in mere minutes, while we’re all still waiting for Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal to settle their backstage beef from over two years ago. Maybe if “three piece and a soda” had happened in Russia, that feud would already be settled.