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‘I’m in Crazy Pain Right Now’: Devastating Update From Muhammad Mokaev After UFC 286 Leaves Fans Heartbroken

Published 03/20/2023, 1:34 AM EDT

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UFC 286 saw Leon Edwards prevail against Kamaru Usman. He defeated ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ via a majority win. But flyweight fighters Muhammad Mokaev and Jafel Filho battled it out on the preliminary card in one of the best fights of the night, which was won by the former via submission. ‘The Punisher’ may have won the match, but suffered an injury to his knee. He discussed his fight in a post on social media and many fans reacted to it.

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Muhammad Mokaev remains undefeated in the UFC after a commendable performance in London last weekend. His winning streak has now grown to four fights under the UFC banner. Mokaev registered yet another submission victory, which adds to his total number of wins by submission to five out of his 10 wins so far in MMA.


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However, the win didn’t come easily to ‘The Punisher’ as he was caught in a leg lock by Filho that tore ligaments in his knee. Mokaev has built a reputation for never tapping out both in his amateur and professional career so far. However, people on social media claim that it wasn’t a wise move on his end to not consider tapping out. They believe he was risking his career. But the Flyweight star took notice of those comments and reacted to them in a Twitter post.

Fans react to the Twitter post by Muhammad Mokaev

‘The Punisher’ wrote: “Seen some tweets saying, you didn’t tap but you might risk to end your career! I rather end my career without being quitter.. I’m in crazy pain right now but if I would tap it would hurt my heart even more.” 

This tweet prompted a reaction from a former UFC fighter, Ben Rothwell. He wished him a full recovery and hoped that he earned some good chunk of money for that fight.


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Let us see some of the reactions from fans on Twitter.

One fan believes that Mokaev’s performance was truly commendable and that bigger and better things are yet to come for him.

Another fan hoped that his knee didn’t suffer any form of permanent damage.

Some fans are calling him a rare breed of fighter in the UFC.

Moreover, there was one person who suggested that Muhammad Mokaev works on his leg lock defense in the gym.

However, there were some fans who kept pointing out that Mokaev tapped in the first round. They even produced video clips that prove their statement.


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Muhammad Mokaev’s update may have many fans worried, but he has earned the respect of the whole MMA community. We will have to wait and see if ‘The Punisher’ ever succumbs to submission and finally taps out.


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What are your thoughts on Mokaev’s performance at UFC 286? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Himanga Mahanta


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Himanga is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. He interned as a WWE author at Sportsmanor before joining EssentiallySports to pursue his interest as a sports journalist. Himanga is a big fan of UFC's Conor McGregor and considers him the most entertaining combat sports athlete of the 21st century.
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Pragya Vashisth