A brawl broke out backstage at Fight 2 Win 161 and early reports indicate it was as a result of one of the very first matches on the card, between Vagner Rocha’s son, Achilles, and Michael Sainz of Team Alpha Miami. The match was for the Fight 2 Win Teenage Championship and Rocha was very physical all throughout the contest, although it’s worth noting that it was nothing outside the bounds of the rules. Deflecting Sainz’s face with his palms caused plenty of shouts from the corner, with some calling for a disqualification, but the referee refused to oblige at any point.
Fans and High profile figures alike have weighed in on the brawl that ensued at Fight 2 Win 161 with Tom DeBlass making the following comment:
“I think the kids got heated, that will happen. It’s a combat sport tempers flare. I can’t speak on the brawl because idk what occurred to start it. I know the people that show up for me would fight in a heart beat if they felt i was threatened. That being said this should have been avoided at all costs.”
While plenty of people have jumped in to defend either side of the brawl at Fight 2 Win, there’s nothing in the way of video evidence that has surfaced just yet to indicate who the instigators really were. Fight 2 Win CEO Seth Daniels made his thoughts known, publicly venting his frustrations at an incident that didn’t need to happen and cast a bad light on an otherwise excellent event. He also commented that the above rundown of the events had “left out some pretty big details”.
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Ref should have handled it better… and faster. Kid did about 8 head kicks and open hand strikes to the face just in this short clip. While not out of line for MMA it’s really not what you want for a mat event. Refs are there to keep things safe and to keep them from devolving into bad conduct. That’s the job. Looked like it got away from him and led to any ugly incident. Be more assertive next time, ref. This is your job. That team has every right to be pissed. Doesn’t excuse getting into a brawl, though it’s unclear who started it (not that it matters).
Almost as immature as the bad behavior at the event was the subsequent profanity-laden tiresome diatribe from F2W. It never comes off well when your chastising someone for being an immature a-hole by talking like an immature a-hole yourself.
Everybody… do better next time. Unimpressive all around. F2W is an awesome promotion. Don’t let it turn ghetto.
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