Blog Video: Amateur MMA Fighter Taps Out in a Fight He Was Dominating

May 20, 2014
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(Video courtesy of Inside MMA)

You might remember our post about a fighter that tapped out the moment the opening bell rang. Rare stuff, but this might be even more unique.

An amateur fighter named Mike Pantangco submitted to his opponent, Jeremy Rasner, in a recent Prison City Fight League bout. That doesn’t sound abnormal at all, but Pantangco was dominating the fight up until he decided to inexplicably tap out. The reason, Pantangco told Inside MMA, was he didn’t want to further subject his opponent to harm.

Come again?

“I just feel that there’s no point fighting him because he didn’t train against me and I didn’t train for him,” he explained. “I just feel like we’re amateur fighters — we don’t get paid, we don’t get money. And I know that the only [way] I’m going to finish the fight is him to go in the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win.”

Kudos for the mercy rule, Pantangco. In a sport that’s recently seen fighters have to get pried off their opponents by referees to stop fights, this is a nice little change of pace.

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  • Usmc8408

    Gotta say it was a classy move. For the amateur league being a segue to the pros he’s exactly right, no point hurting the guy and possibly ending his career before it started. I have a friend who is amateur and he’s already beat the hell up with injuries.

  • Milosc

    Honor

  • We.Are.Legion

    Hmm, I cant decide one way or the other. Dude was still on his feet and his hands were still up. Very classy though, great ambassador for the sport. No need for amateurs to be injured.

  • Timothy Malone

    “And I know that the only [way] I’m going to finish the fight is him to go in the hospital or get hurt.”

    So you don’t know any chokes?

    To me this is disrespectful of the opponent to say he sucks so much I don’t even need to fight him, and disrespectful of the fans who came to see a finish. If you are so much better just grab a guillotine and end it right there.

    • the truth

      he looked like a standup fighter to me we are not certain he has the same prowess on the ground. You don’t just go I know, I know a choke or two let me take him down set it up and finish the fight as the point of mma is to keep the fight where you want. Thats like saying doesn’t he know a flying armbar, or a kick that hits a point that does not do irreversible damage but just puts the opponent down??? Its not that simple he chose to do a classy thing, much respect for it.

    • Melchizedek Diez Daly

      You are certainly not him.

    • mmalive

      Tim, MR. DUMMY, He showed WORLD CLASS sportsmanship. He knew he was BEATING that guy and DI NOT want to hurt fighter further.

      Your STUPID COMMENT show how much of AN IDIOT your are and NO HUMAN BEING.

      At the send of the day, human compassion, integrity, well being, and GREAT SHOW of Sportsmanship.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I guess Chael should have stopped beating on Anderson in their first fight. He WAS dominating him afterall. Tim is right.

        • Gary Fredericks

          Silva and Sonnen were getting paid handsomely for that professional fight. If you actually read past the headline, you may not have missed the part where the loser said:

          “I just feel like we’re amateur fighters — we don’t get paid, we don’t
          get money. And I know that the only [way] I’m going to finish the fight
          is him to go in the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m
          just going to give him the win.”

          You are comparing apples and bananas here.

          • mightybooboo

            waaaaaaaaaa another tap out for a mis match fight. yeah i love it! mmalive and gary break it down for cereal killer

        • mmalive

          Yeah LOWLIFE. Read the headlines BEFORE being STUPID and making DUMB comments. Both Chael and Silva are professionals BEING PAID THUG.

        • Kris-tyahn

          Cereal: Are you comparing two pro fighters who got paid millions for that fight, with two amateurs who get paid nothing, win or lose?!? Good comparision…. dummy! He was hands down much better than his opponent, what he did was very sportsmanlike of him, and it takes a real man to tap/”quit”, than it does to keep beating a guy who’s clearly not on your level.

  • Erect Dong

    I would have continued to bash the kid’s head in and make puré of his brain. Very wussy move.

    • Thatguy

      Tough guy! Bet you kick puppies too!

      • Kris-tyahn

        Thatguy: LMAO – Awesome comment!
        Erect Dong: I’m sure you would have gotten ur ass kicked had you fought the guy who “won” the fight. Let’s stop pretending you’re some tough ass kicker b/c your name is about an erect penis, wonder what’s on your mind?!?
        I find it hilarious that people who comment on MMA web sites call actual fighters “pussy or wussy” – If you want to shut me up or prove me wrong send me your profile & fight record, also a few videos of you kicking someone’s ass, though I have a funny feeling I’ll be waiting an awfully long time.
        P.S keep kickin them puppies tough guy!

    • Erect Dong

      LOL, you idiots actually take my comments seriously. Dumb homos.

  • Dragon Kid

    I wonder how the live audience felt about that result …

  • meh

    I understand it. Why continue when at the end of the day no one gains anything but a hospital visit.