What a way for the UFC to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Denver, Colorado.
Last night at the Pepsi Centre, Yair Rodriguez and “The Korean Zombie” Chang Sung Jung went to war in the main event of UFC Fight Night in 139.
Rodriguez, who stepped in to fight Jung following Frankie Edgar’s withdrawal through injury, was battered, bruised and by all intents and purposes beaten when he pulled out one of the craziest knockouts in UFC history with one second to go in the fifth and final round.
“El Pantera” threw an incredible, blind, upwards elbow which caught Jung flush on the chin as he hit the canvas to a chorus of the Denver crowd losing their minds at what will go down in history as one of the most iconic finishes of all time.
Speaking on the Fox Sports 1 post-fight show, UFC president Dana White credited Rodriguez for scoring the ‘craziest finish ever’ on the UFC’s 25th-year anniversary.
“Craziest finish ever,” an ecstatic Dana White said, per MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn. “There was one second left on the clock when he landed that elbow, and Yair was losing 4-to-1. ‘Zombie’ had the fight in the bag, he had one second to go and, wow, what a finish.”
After the fight, Rodriguez who was clearly also hurt had to be helped out of the octagon but was understandably ecstatic after pulling off undoubtedly the biggest victory of his still-developing UFC career.
“I know the title shot is gonna be there eventually,” Rodriguez said. “The only thing I care about is being happy every moment I have. Being able to do what I love in the biggest company in the world is something I appreciate.”