Fighter Explains Bizzare Post-Fight Flip On Opponent

At LFA 36, Drew Chatman had his first professional MMA fight and his first professional victory when his opponent Irvins Ayala knocked himself out. Then, as you see above, Chatman decided to perform a “senton” and roll over his opponent accidentally striking him. Now, that win is a loss and Chatman has gone viral.

In an interview with MMA Fighting, Chatman claims that he had no idea what he was doing when Irvins knocked himself out.

“I threw a kick, he tripped me and as he came down, I moved my knee in a certain position and he had hit his chin to my knee,” Chatman said. “At that moment, it happened so fast that my instincts just kicked in and I started punching. As he fell down to the floor, it was almost like I couldn’t believe he was out, because it happened really quick. My natural reaction was just to get up.

“Normally, I celebrate my fights. If you see all my amateur fights, I’m doing flips, I’m doing cartwheels or whatever the case may be. I didn’t think before I did it. I just jumped and did a flip. So it was almost like subconsciously I did what I normally what I would do celebrating a victory that I normally get.”

Following the fight, Chatman was handed a 90 day suspension and have his pay withheld by the California State Athletic Commission. CSAC executive officer Andy Foster claimed the suspension was due to infractions such as striking his opponent after the fight, unsportsmanlike conduct and hitting an opponent in the referee’s care.

Let me be honest with you, man,” Chatman said. “I don’t deserve to get paid for that. It’s disappointing watching that. My mother has to see that. People that look up to me and see me become an inspiration to them have to look at that. Even though I’m not a champion so to speak, but I overcame a lot of things and I became something that I never thought I would become. Just to have my first pro fight is crazy, because I didn’t think I’d ever be on this level. It just happened so fast.

“So, the rules are the rules. And at the end of the day, when you actually look at what took place, I’m OK with having my pay taken away. I’m OK with being suspended 90 days. I’m OK with that. Because you can’t get that back. The video is priceless. I have to look back at that and live with regret every single day.”


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