MMA fans were left conflicted after a heavyweight celebrated his win inside the cage over the weekend.
Mixed martial artist Ahmed Al-Rubaye took on Charbel Diab last night on a card put on by the UAE Warriors. Al-Rubaye dominated opponent by finishing him in the first round. Ahmed Al-Rubaye submitted Diab with a choke from the back.
After securing the tap, Al-Rubaye dismounted his opponent and performed a mock style execution during his celebration..
Part of the community didn’t see a problem with the mock execution celebration, some even finding it funny.
MMA fans weren’t quite sure how to interpret Al-Rubaye’s gesture and seemed evenly split between dismay and slight amusement.
This isn’t the strangest scene we’ve seen in MMA but it certainly mirrors previous controversies in both boxing and MMA.
Previously Tito Ortiz and Caleb Plant both celebrated by mock grave digging close to their defeated opponents. The gesture was also not well received for the most part.
Caleb Plant was showed off of his opponent during a similar celebration last year.
Caleb Plant scored an impressive knock out win against Anthony Dirrell. The 30 year old was hoping to rebound from a loss to Canelo Alvarez.
Plant finished Dirrell in a violent sequence many consider a contender for knock out of the year.
Plant delivered an epic KO after his corner advised he ‘sit down’ on his punches and maximize power. After delivering shots to the side of his body he transitioned into a hook that caught Dirrell clean and flattened him out on the spot.
Caleb Plant with the 9th round KO, KO’d Dirrell with that left uppercut. Dirrell was talking all that shit now he gotta wear that left uppercut. pic.twitter.com/JpnBTYiVYw
— CLew 🏈🏀⚾️🥊 (@droppedballspod) October 16, 2022
But it’s what he did after that got him into hot water with the public. Plant appeared to mimic the digging of a grave by shoveling the imaginary dirt on top of his concussed opponent in celebration.
This was likely a tie in to a white shirt with “Plant flowers” written on it Dirrell’s wore earlier in the week.
Referee Harvey Dock rushed Plant when he saw it and attempted to get him to stop. He’s far from the first to attempt this celebration. Ortiz had done it 15 years earlier in UFC.
Vic Adams is a young Irish enthusiast with a passion for combat sports. Vic recently finished high school and is currently taking some time off to explore his options for the future. Having recently started practicing jiu-jitsu, Vic has discovered a love for the sport and has been dedicating much of his time to mastering it. While taking time off from school, Vic has been keeping busy by covering combat sports and staying up-to-date with the latest news and events. His favorite mixed martial artist is Israel Adesanya.