The thing about MMA is that it can be one of the most unpredictable sports on the planet with surprises happening every week. This year has been no exceptions.
Here are those “OMG” moments of the first half of the year.
Bec Hyatt Takes Carla Esparza the Distance
After Claudia Gadelha had to drop out of her title match with Carla Esparza to crown the first ever InvictaFC strawweight champion, Bec Hyatt raised her hand to take the match on short notice. Although she trained to fight a game Joanne Calderwood on the card, she was more than willing to take the main event slot that others passed over.
Many thought that Hyatt would be easily dispensed by the top 5 ranked Esparza, but Hyatt took Esparza the distance in a five round fight. Even though she lost all of the rounds, it made Hyatt and international superstar.
Michelle Waterson Upsets Jessica Penne
It was expected to be a competitive battle, but many felt that Michelle Waterson wasn’t going to beat atomweight champion Jessica Penne. More surprising, no one expected it to be by armbar.
Waterson, who has great stand-up, went toe to toe with Penne on the ground in what was a back and forth battle. Waterson fought off submission attempts by Penne and would get an armbar submission in the fourth round to win the title.
The Career Comeback of Celine Haga
Imagine having a record of 1-11. Many would have seen the writing on the wall and quit. But not Celine Haga.
The JEWELS MMA veteran has found herself on a four fight win streak in 2013, with an upset win over formerly #1 ranked Naho Sugiyama. With a few more wins, she could have one of the biggest career comebacks in Women’s MMA history.
Cat Zingano’s Comeback over Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate was controlling the ground game throughout the first two rounds of the fight to see who would face UFC champion Ronda Rousey. Although Zingano is known for her BJJ, it would be her striking that would get the TKO in round 3 and get the win. Zingano would have the bow out of the title match due to injury, but will get the winner of Rousey versus Tate.
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