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20 Sportsmanship Moments in MMA

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fight / fighter coverage, 2016-03-21 14:14:20 , Fury post from around the web
Shows of respect, class, sportsmanship, humanity in mixed martial arts.

Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping bow to one another after their fight, and also share a moment backstage.
Bakhtiyar Arzumanov takes care of his opponent after being choked unconscious
Anthony Johnson puts the belt around Daniel Cormier’s waist after being defeated by him.
Randy Couture made the same gesture to Josh Barnett at UFC 36 in March 2002.
Anderson Silva breaks down in tears after being announced as the winner over Nick Diaz. Diaz helps him up off the floor, congratulates him, and tells him to not cry.
Diaz also helped Frank Shamrock off the mat after he defeated him.
Shamrock would later say: The nicest thing I ever heard in the cage was…Nick Diaz reached down to help me up…and said “You gotta get up, you’re a legend”
Mike Pantangco is beating his opponent badly in an amateur fight, and decides to tap out to avoid hurting him further. He thought it wasn’t worth it because it wasn’t a pro fight and neither fighter was getting paid.
Despite some animosity leading put to the contest, Matt Serra carries Georges St-Pierre in celebration after GSP defeated him in their rematch.
Cowboy Cerrone and Ben Henderson embrace in the middle of the Octagon at the start of the 3rd round of their 3rd fight against one another.
Ryan Jimmo and Sean O’Connell salute each other at the weigh-ins with a re-hydration ceremony.
Lyoto Machida holds back punching his friend Mark Munoz.
Pete Sell and Scott Smith exchange multiple hugs and high fives in the middle of their fight.
The late Kevin Randleman gives Rampage motivational and encouraging words just minutes after Rampage knocked him out.
After getting tapped out by Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez raises his hand to congratulate him.
Pat Barry and Cro Cop exchange mutual respect throughout their fight.
Rampage gets awarded a split decision against Murilo “Ninja” Rua but admits to Rua that he thinks that Rua won the fight and also tells the viewers the same thing.
Despite a confrontation at the weigh-ins the day before, a nasty Instagram post after that, and being left hanging when trying to touch gloves. Holly Holm shows respect to Ronda Rousey after their fight and appreciation for what she’s done in the sport.
Danny Missin won’t go after his badly hurt opponent and pleads with the referee to stop the bout.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone gives Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira a feather from his cap as a gift after their fight.
Michelle Waterson and Herica Tiburcio share a moment after their bout is stopped.

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