Below the belt shots aren’t out of place in mixed martial arts, but this one may take the cake for the worst one you’re likely to see.
Taking one shot to the privates is enough to make any man keel over in agony, but taking two in pretty quick succession is a torture tactic.
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Unfortunately that’s what happened to Peter Stanonik at Bellator 245 on Saturday. Up against kickboxer Ryan Daniels, Daniels attempted an audacious spinning back kick.
The kick landed clean on Stanonik, unfortunately it was flush to the privates and left Stanonik on his hands and knees on the canvas.
After taking the full allotted five minutes to get himself right, Stanonik stood up and the fight got back underway only for Daniels to once again attempt the same manoeuvre with the exact same result.
The second devastating kick left Stanonik writhing in agony on the canvas as he punched the ground before microphones could hear him in tears and repeatedly saying “oh my god”.
Stanonik remained down for an extended period of time before a stretcher was brought into the cage to help take him out before he was later seen in a wheelchair at hospital.
“I hope my opponent Peter is okay, obviously I never mean to hit anybody as far as low blows,” Daniels said after the fight.
“Whenever I knock someone out or down, I hope they are okay so I definitely hope he is okay.”
Sadly it wasn’t the only fight on the Bellator 245 card to be ruled a no contest because of a below the belt shot.
An undercard fight between Jack May and Tyrell Fortune was brought to an end when Fortune kneed May right in the groin.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida headlined the event but couldn’t get past Phil Davis who secured the split decision victory.
It gives Davis a 2-0 record in professional fights against Machida with the first win coming at UFC 163 back in August 2013.
BELLATOR 245 RESULTS
Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-29)
Cat Zingano def. Gabrielle Holloway via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26 x2)
Taylor Johnson def. Ed Ruth via submission (heel hook) — Round 1, 0:59
Raymond Daniels vs. Peter Stanonik, no contest (unintentional groin strike) — Round 2, 1:00
Alex Polizzi def. Rafael Carvalho via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Leslie Smith def. Amanda Bell via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Tyrell Fortune vs. Jack May, no contest (accidental knee to groin) — Round 1, 2:44
Keith Lee def. Vinicius Zani via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)