As the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The saying applies to this day and without a doubt, applies to mixed martial arts as some of the sports most historic moments are relived through the images that captured them.
There is nothing better than a snapshot of a fighter dealing with tragedy or triumph, or a picture of a perfectly timed strike, every microscopic fragment of impact relived as limbs and jaws collide. A photo can display a range of emotions, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat. Every picture is different, each having a unique distinction and personal story.
That being said, lets look back at the 6 best photos from “UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva”.
6. John Maguire’s “Gypsy Jitsu”
John Maguire got the better of DeMarques Johnson throughout most of their welterweight affair, and in the end the “Gypsy Jitsu” of the English born fighter ushered him to a slick armbar win that was worth of “Submission of the Night” honors.
5. Francis Carmont’s Thunderous Ground And Pound
French-born fighter Francis Carmont made his training partner Georges St-Pierre proud with a vicious display of ground and pound on Magnus Cedenblad’s chin. Carmont impressed in his victory over Cedenblad and is now 2-0 in the UFC.
4. James Head’s Rear-Naked Choke On Papy Abedi
James Head upset the Swedish crowd when he upset Papy Abedi with a rear-naked choke submission finish in the first round. The power of Head’s grip was on display as he choked the spit out of Abedi’s mouth and on to the canvas.
3. Reza Madadi’s Awkward Slam Of Yoislandy Izquierdo
Reza Madadi was the only Swedish fighter to win inside the distance at UFC on FUEL TV 2. Madadi came back from a tough first round to submit Izquierdo, but before that he landed a big slam where Izquierdo landed a devastating knee…to his own face. Oops.
2. Brad Pickett’s Backflip
Moments after submitting Damacio Page in the UFC on FUEL TV 2 main card opener, Brad “One Punch” Pickett showed off his athletic ability with a running off-the-cage back flip. The celebration raises the question, what was more impress, Pickett’s performance? Or the back flip? Only you can decide.
1. “Siyar The Killer” Kills Paulo Thiago
Siyar Bahadurzada lived up to his nickname “Siyar The Killer” with a stunning 42-second knockout of UFC veteran Paulo Thiago. Bahadurzada landed a devastating counter right punch that landed flush on Thiago’s chin. Bahadurzada is a solid addition to the UFC welterweight division and every 170-pound fighter should fear the knockout power of the first Afghan fighter in UFC history.