Jon Jones and Frank Mir are the toast of the MMA community for their performances at UFC 140, but amongst the plaudits there has also been some who have been critical – not of the way they fought, but rather their lack of sportsmanship afterwards.
Leading this movement is respected trainer and submission wrestling expert Erik Paulson who’s worked with the likes of Josh Barnett and Brock Lesnar in the past.
“A little bummed out to see Mir break Nogeras Arm and not check to see if he was ok after the Fight,” Paulson commented on his Facebook page after the event.
“Also to see Jones Drop Machita on his face after he knew that he was out! safety and Well being of your Brothers after you share sweat and blood. then don’t care about their well being. leaving a statement for the next generation of fighters that do it to you someday.”
He wasn’t the only one who noticed. In fact some fans noticed that after Jones victory a mic in the Octagon picked up his coach Greg Jackson just prior to his victory being announced urging him to, “Go check on Lyoto. Get some fans.”
Both fighters should be commended for their skills in the Octagon on the night, and you have to afford them some leeway given that both emotions and adrenaline runs high in these situations, but nevertheless I do think paulson is right to call for these great athletes to adhere to a higher standard of professionalism and respect for their fellow fighters post-fight.
Jones and Mir are intelligent men who usually carry themselves very well so I’m sure that on reflection they’ll regret not handling their respective situations differently.