There are fewer and fewer truly good sports stories by the day. In today’s sports world of showboating and selfishness it’s not often that athletes display good sportsmanship. It still happens, but it happens on a less frequent basis than it used to.
But when it comes to amateur MMA fighter Mike Pantangco, calling him a good sport is just not enough.
During a recent fight Pantangco was doing a number on his opponent, when he all of a sudden tapped out. He turned a sure win into a sure loss. But why?
“I just feel that there’s no point in fighting him because he didn’t train against me and I didn’t train for him and I just feel like we’re amateur fighters. We don’t get money. We don’t get paid. And I know that the only thing is him to go to the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win,” said Pantangco.
You can’t really say enough about how cool of a gesture this is. But at the same time, it’s very weird. The point of nearly all athletic competition is to win. Voluntarily losing after being in clear control of a fight is just not how you draw it up. But in this case Pantangco felt it was the right move.
His opponent could have very well ended up in the hospital. Avoiding that may have lifted a burden from Pantagco’s shoulders, and hey, whatever gets you through your day. However, don’t expect this trend to catch on in the rest of the MMA world.