Serbian MMA Fighter Saves Opponent After Nearly Choking Him to Death (Video)
An MMA chokehold is supposed to force an opponent to submit. However, at a recent Sebian MMA event, we got a scary reminder that chokeholds are dangerous maneuvers.
Earlier this month at Serbian Battle Championship 4, a guy named Dusan Dzakic—who seems like he might be a big deal in Serbian MMA—fought a guy named Sebastijan Emini. Thirty seconds into the bout, Dzakic had Emini down on the mat in a chokehold. After twenty seconds or so Emini started frantically tapping out, and both the ref and Dzakic immediately recognized that something was wrong.
Sure enough, Emini was choking. Thankfully Dzakic is a quick thinker—he immediately pulled Emini’s mouth guard and tongue out of his mouth before medical officials could even get to him, which may have saved Emini’s life.
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Here’s what Dzakic had to say about the scary incident afterward, according to the one Serbian-speakin Deadspin commentator:
“When I saw that he fell unconscious , I turned him on his side with judge’s help and took out his mouthpiece and pulled his tongue out so he wouldn’t suffocate . The kid is very brave because not everyone would accepted the fight five days prior to the match . That’s why I respect him. It doesn’t matter that he’s Croatian. I’m not a nationalist.”
While it’s kind of crazy that a Serbian guy would still have to say something like this, it’s nice to see they’re making some progress and hating each other a little less in the Balkans.