MMA Fighter Drew Chatman Disqualified For Front-Flipping Off His Opponent’s Back
Mixed Martial Arts gathered such a following because it had all the skill and brutality of boxing combined with the theatricality of wrestling (but with moves that actually land). But even though fighters do some amazing things with their bodies inside the octagon, there are obviously some things that they just aren't allowed to do.
Drew Chatman will be adding 'front-flipping off opponent's back' onto his list after he actually performed the move at LFA 36 in California.
Chatman went up against Irvins Ayala at the big-ticket event on Friday, and his opponent actually had him right where he wanted him before an unfortunate slip-up.
Ayala kicked Drew with his right foot, sending Chatman on his back in the first round.
But as the American went in for the kill, it seems as though he was knocked out by Drew's knee after throwing a hammerfist on the ground. Instead of appreciating the win, Chatman stood on Irvins' back and performed a front-flip.
Ironically, Drew Chatman's nickname in MMA is 'The Honourable' - although some might suggest this move is anything but.
People on social media seem pretty pissed at the move
Drew The Honorable Chatman. This is the dudes nickname and he goes and disgraces the cage like that. This was his first pro fight and it should be his last for a long time. Suspend the Prick.
- zelda3024 (@zelda3024) March 24, 2018
He should not ever fight again! That was absolutely classless & uncalled for! No room for that in any sport!
- Derek Wiesemann (@WiseMann88) March 24, 2018
Bang out of order. Respect your opponent :rage:
- Alan Begg (@77alanb77) March 25, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Chatman was disqualified from the match.
Imagine winning your first professional fight in the first round and then cocking it up so bad that you get disqualified.
Speaking to MMA Fighting, Chatman said: "Normally, I celebrate my fights. If you see all my amateur fights, I'm doing flips, I'm doing cartwheels or whatever the case may be.
"I didn't think before I did it. I just jumped and did a flip. So it was almost like subconsciously I did what I normally what I would do celebrating a victory that I normally get."
The California State Athletic Commission has suspended him from the sport for 90 days and his payment for the fight is being withheld.
Chatman fully admits what he did was wrong, adding: "It's disappointing watching that. My mother has to see that. People that look up to me and see me become an inspiration to them have to look at that."
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