Last weekend Conor McGregor tugged at the emotions of Irish MMA fans with his post fight display of teary joy, but this week it was our Celtic neighbours that were welling up.
Yesterday, the UFC held their first ever show in Glasgow, Scotland. The card featured three Scottish scrappers, in Joanne Calderwood, Steven Ray and Robert Whiteford. On the night all three fighters secured famous wins, but it was Whiteford’s spine tingling celebration that captured the imagination of fans in Glasgow, and around the world.
“The Flyin Judoka” picked up the victory via first round stoppage. Unfortunately, it was Dubliner Paul Redmond that was on the receiving end of the Scots hammer fists. The win moved Whiteford to 2-1 in the UFC.
This victory, however, meant more than just another number on the right side of his record, and the man from West Lothian wasn’t shy about letting the world know.
Wow! The right hand that hurt Redmond was nothing compared to that shot right to the feels!
In the aftermath of his heroics Whiteford took to social media to send UFC President, Dana White, a message. “There is another small country in town”, tweeted the proud Scot. Given the success of the local fighters in the octagon, and the passionately raucous crowd on hand to witness their exploits, Dana probably didn’t need to be told.
The message was heard loud and clear.