Ula Siekacz was badly beaten by Piotr ‘Mua Boy’ Lisowski, who secured a first round TKO victory in one of two intergender fights on the MMA-VIP3 card. The staging of the bouts caused a stir amongst the MMA community, with many slamming the decision to pit men and women against one another inside the cage.
But it has happened before. Last year, professional MMA fighter Darina Madzyuk, who weighs 139 pounds, squared off against YouTuber Grigory Chistyakov, coming in at 529 pounds for his exhibition clash with Madzyuk.
And, well, let’s just say it didn’t end too well for the fella. While he initially tried to bear hug his far-smaller opponent, his sheer size and reach advantage didn’t get him far for much longer.
Madzyuk, who competes at bantamweight, quickly took control of the fight with her superior striking. At one point in the contest, Chistyakov looked like he’d taken the upper hand after pinning Madzyuk up against the cage under his body weight.
But after the referee finally separated the two, it wasn’t long before the pro mixed martial artist’s skill set got her out of trouble and she started landing some devastating shots to the head.
A well-time right hand dropped Chistyakov and after some viscous ground and pound the bout was eventually waved off by the referee. While we’re still unsure what promotion the duo were fighting for, it hasn’t stopped MMA fans and experts from wading in.
Footage of the strange match-up flooded social media and people didn’t quite know what to make of the spectacle. Some heaped praise on the duo while others – including UFC referee Marc Goddard – slated the event.
“This is what we are dealing with in 2020,” Goddard said. “This is what we are fighting against as the parallels and negative connotations are continually drawn. “To outsiders and detractors, this is MMA. Shameful. Sickening. Abysmal.”
Either way, the sheer size difference made for an interesting spectacle.
— Fight Haven (@FightHaven) November 9, 2021