PART 1 ( edited )
A basic run down of what happened.
We have a guy at our club with a lot of pro fighting experience kickboxing/mma. Well he was supposed to fight in this event but had to pull out because of other commitments. The organizers asked if we had someone to fight in the 90kg division. I am 84 at the time so thought I would give it a go. I had 3 weeks to prepare.
The competition is for a pro event in Taiwan, King of Sanda. I find out later that my opponent is 104kg and has a lot of experience and is current heavyweight title holder. I have never sparred with anyone over 94kg so I was a little concerned how I would handle his weight difference. I train MMA so do not focus on striking all the time. Fighting a larger opponent and winning would require me to be a lot better than he is.
During the fight I felt more confident as it went on. I started to think more. But looking at the video I can not believe the things I was doing and not doing. I honestly felt like giving up on the striking game altogether afterwards.
I think I landed more punches than he did but also landed on my ass twice. First time he grabbed a front kick. I landed on my back. He kept coming at me so I through an upkick to push him away from me. I was totally wrong for doing that and I immediately tried to show my regrets and apologies to him when I stood back up. This was totally a defensive move though as I felt in danger. A reasonable error by an inexperienced ring fighter.
Later after some exchanges I grab his leg when he goes for a circle kick. He was too strong and pulled his leg away. He hits me with a body shot. I honestly do not remember it hurting. But I fall to the ground and I don’t know why. I really think it was just my balance or a push. You can see by the video I don’t bend at the waist as if winded by a body shot. I simply fall back. I try to get up immediately. As I put my hands on the ground to raise myself he soccer kicks me in the head while I am on the ground. KOing me .You can see he does the antics afterwards too. I got 3 fractures in my jaw and 1 in the eye socket. I have to get a steal plate put in my jaw.
The event organizers apologized.
Overall considering it was my first ever fight in a ring and put into such a situation. Larger opponent, professional event, cameras, big crowd. I couldn’t expect myself to perform technically perfect. I was definitely feeling more comfortable as the fight went on. I am sure I was in better condition and could have done much better in round 2 and 3. I was the first to admit my technique was sloppy. But I was landing more than he was. I would have been landing more in round 2 and 3. I was getting much more relaxed as it went on and started to use the attacks a planned to.
There is no excuse for what he did. Even in the UFC you cannot soccer kick a downed opponent in the head. We were not in an exchange that he couldn’t stop motion of strikes. He clearly saw that I was down and getting up. There was no way that he could not have done that deliberately. Using the excuse that the referee should have been there is rubbish. Can I kick him in the groin because the referee didn’t stop me? No because it is my responsibility to know the rules. What about headbutts, Elbows, Strikes to the back of the head, Biting and numerous other things that can be done without the referee being there to stop it in time. It is the fighters responsibility to have control and follow the rules and not rely on the ref to control him.
For any of Mr Wu’s students giving excuses, ask yourself if you think it is fair for your opponent to do any thing just because the referee wasn’t able to get in between fast enough. I practice Brazilian Juijitsu. When you have a submission on an opponent you do not break his arm using full strength just because the ref didn’t stop you in time. Hopefully Mr Wu is clear to his students and members of his mistake.