There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the past week, including a dramatic and very painful conclusion to an MMA fight and some stunning goals in international football. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.
MMA fight abandoned after mere seconds
Imagine paying for a tickets to a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event in anticipation of the main event, only for it to be called off seconds into the fight.
Yup, that was what happened in the a heavyweight fight between Myung Hyun-Man and Aorigele at the Road FC 39 event in South Korea on Saturday (10 June).
Just seven seconds in, Myung landed a heavy kick to Aorigele’s groin, causing the latter to collapse immediately while clutching his sensitive area. He looked as though he suffered quite a bit, given that he had to be examined by doctors on the spot while covered with a towel.
The bout was eventually ruled a no-contest, and no word has been said on Aorigele’s condition as yet. It might just be the shortest MMA fight in history.
Michael Bradley’s incredible 40-yard goal
What do you do when you are the captain of your national team playing against your country’s biggest rival?
You break the deadlock by scoring a wonder goal, as USA’s Michael Bradley did against Mexico. Granted, USA didn’t win the game, with Mexico managing to find an equaliser as the game ended 1-1, but there was no doubting that the midfielder’s goal was one of the highest order.
Just barely five minutes in, some slack passing from Mexico saw them lose possession after Bradley intercepted it near the halfway line. But with just one player in front of him, the USA captain chose to go on his own before unleashing a wonderfully executed chip from 40 yards out over Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was left stranded in no man’s land.
What a stunner.
Leigh Griffiths’ free-kicks against England
Speaking of stunning goals in a rivals match, Scotland’s Leigh Griffiths put in not just one, but two free-kicks against England and almost handed Scotland a victory, only to be denied by a last minute equaliser from the Three Lions.
Griffiths’ efforts were all the more magnificent given that they came in the 87th minute and 90th minute of the match.
The first free-kick was one that showcased his ability to get the ball up and over the wall and down quickly, putting it past the outstretched arms of Joe Hart with accuracy. The second was one similar, but he hit it with pace; so much that England goalkeeper Joe Hart was unable to get anywhere near the ball despite reacting quickly.
The free-kicks were so good, that they have been dubbed the best pair of free kicks Scotland has ever scored. We wouldn’t disagree with that.
Rafael Nadal’s unbelievable no-look winner
Rafael Nadal won his 10th French Open title against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, and he certainly did it in style by winning it in straight sets.
During the match, Nadal did the incredible – hitting his amazing forehand winner without even looking at where he was hitting the ball to. Forced out wide by a backhand return from Wawrinka, he somehow managed to get to it in time. Not only that, he hit it with so much power that Wawrinka didn’t even have time to react at all as the ball bounced just inside.
It was so good that all Wawrinka could do was to applaud at the effort.
The King of Clay is the first tennis player in the Open Era to win 10 titles from a Grand Slam tournament.
When you’re not even looking but you hit an amazing winner…
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 11, 2017