While Max ‘Pain’ Griffin (13-4) and Elizeu ‘Capoeira’ Zaleski dos Santos (18-5) lit one another up like a pinball machine at UFC Fight Night 119, the MMA community’s reaction to these welterweights’ Fight of the Night performance on Twitter caused the Internet to glow as if they hit the jackpot.
In the end, the judges unanimously favored Zaleski dos Santos on their scorecards, though a round-by-round stats sheet alone doesn’t detail the unbelievable resiliency and determination of either mixed martial artist.
When the first-round approached its close, Griffin was forced to endure a brutal onslaught of strikes from the Brazilian:
Many were impressed with Griffin’s ability to rise from the ashes and afford himself another five-minute chunk to sway the tide in his favor:
During round-two, the native of Northern California was able to earn a knockdown of his own:
The contest was knotted at one-round apiece, and a slugfest in the final frame loosened everyone from their seats:
As was stated, Zaleski dos Santos was handed the decision, though some people had the bout scored for Griffin:
No matter which side of the fence you’re on, it’s difficult not to meet in the middle, such as the sentiment of @LeonVegaSuarez:
An intense energy pulsed throughout the Twittersphere while the final decision was being rendered, and a clamoring for each athlete to receive a performance bonus buzzed like a tuning fork: