Drew Chatman disqualified from LFA 36 after flipping off KO’d opponent’s back

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Drew Chatman’s first MMA victory was brief-lived.

After profitable his struggle by way of knockout towards Irvins Ayala throughout his skilled debut at LFA 36 on Friday, Chatman celebrated by doing a entrance flip off Ayala’s back, which promptly earned him a disqualification for putting his opponent after the bell.

Chatman’s flip shortly went viral and drew a lot criticism as many questioned his weird transfer.

“I threw a kick, he tripped me and as he got here down, I moved my knee in a sure place and he had hit his chin to my knee,” Chatman stated, by way of MMA Preventing. “At that second, it occurred so quick that my instincts simply kicked in and I began punching. As he fell right down to the ground, it was virtually like I couldn’t consider he was out, as a result of it occurred actually fast. My pure response was simply to rise up.

“Usually, I rejoice my fights. In case you see all my newbie fights, I’m doing flips, I’m doing cartwheels or regardless of the case could also be. I didn’t assume earlier than I did it. I simply jumped and did a flip. So it was virtually like subconsciously I did what I usually would do celebrating a victory that I usually get.”

Chatman, 23, acquired a ninety-day suspension however acknowledged the transfer was distasteful and apologized after the bout, saying he did not imply to deliver disgrace to the game.

“I need to apologize to Irvins Ayala,” Chatman stated. “He was a superb opponent. And he introduced the struggle to me. And he had a whole lot of coronary heart. It was not an excellent transfer on my half as a martial artist. And I need to apologize to the California athletic fee, as a result of they laid down the principles, they gave an ideal understanding they usually do their job very properly. Additionally, to Legacy, LFA, as a result of they gave me a terrific alternative to show my expertise and it was a very good platform.

“I’m not gonna play the sufferer right here, as a result of once you take a look at it the actual sufferer right here is Irvins Ayala. Let’s simply be actual. He confirmed up, he fought. It was an unlucky mishap, nevertheless it didn’t have to finish that means. All this publicity, all this media, the truth is I used to be improper and I ain’t making an attempt to realize no fame off of this, as a result of I’m a martial artist.”