After Reports of UFC 286 Opponent Filing an Appeal, Muhammad Mokaev Shares Video Evidence to Prove He Would Never Tap in an MMA Fight

Published 03/21/2023, 6:49 AM EDT

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The O2 Arena in England became a battleground when UFC 286 fighters locked horns. The event was hugely successful, as the promotion was able to excite the fans with a spectacular fight card. When the main event fighters, Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman, fought a war against each other, the co-main event fighters, Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev blew the roof off the O2 Arena. The fans often get so excited about the main fights that they forget about the rest. Nonetheless, this time the other fighters gave a great visual treat to the fans. One of the interesting bouts of the event was between Muhammad Mokaev and Jafel Filho.

From the very beginning of the clash, “The Punisher” displayed his grappling skills; however, when the bout entered the third round, things turned troublesome for the English fighter. In the third round, Filho locked Mokaev in a tight kneebar; Many expected him to tap, but that never happened. The undefeated fighter made sure that he endured the stronghold.

Eventually, “The Punisher” became successful in trapping his opponent in a rear naked choke 4:32 minutes into the third round. Nonetheless, his opponent, Jafel Filho, is not ready to accept his loss; he feels that Mokaev has tapped, but the judges failed to notice. At the moment, the surging flyweight has shared a video clip from his 2019 bout to prove that it’s not the first time he has refused to bow down.


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Fans react to the video of Muhammad Mokaev

“Pastor” made multiple moves to force Mokaev to submit; however, he failed in his attempts, which eventually led to him losing the bout. Nonetheless, he is not ready to accept his failure and is considering an appeal. Amidst the controversial victory, ‘The Punisher’ shared a video of his bout against Nikolay Atanasov at the 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Junior World Championships.

Atanasov was trying to force him to tap, but Mokaev managed to escape, which eventually led to his victory via decision. Along with the video, he wrote, “I have been there before.” It seems that fans were more concerned about Mokaev’s leg injury during his win.


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 Check out how fans reacted to Mokaev’s tweet.

One of the fans was curious to know how ‘The Punisher’ fights.

Another fan suggested a new nickname for the undefeated fighter.

One of the fans was concerned about his leg injury.

One of the Twitter users felt that Mokaev is the future of the UFC’s flyweight division.

Another fan had great words for the 22-year-old.

One of the Twitter users pointed out the flyweight’s pain tolerance.

One of the fans called Muhammad Mokaev a “Warrior


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The leg injury during the fight

The British Flyweight had to undergo a severe injury while fighting against Filho at UFC 286. It was Filho’s debutant bout at UFC and he tried every possible way to submit his opponent.

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After the back-forth moves in the first two rounds, the third round was the real test of Mokaev’s career. He struggled hard not to tap and later miraculously slipped out from his opponent’s grip. Nevertheless, the flyweight contender secured the win and will look to progress further in his MMA career. What do you make of Mokaev’s post? Let us know in the comments section below.

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