MMA fighter leaves cage mid-fight

Claudinei Angelo has left the building. No, really.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


In the history of MMA, you’ve probably never seen a fight ruled "TKO loss — fighter jumps out of cage." Cross that unlikely result off your bucket list after an Oct. 5 matchup between Evilasio Silva and Claudinei Angelo in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

As fights go, it wasn’t exactly an important fight, as neither man had a winning record, but the final result was certainly a rarity. Just watch:


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Silva was controlling the action against the cage when Angelo lost his mouthpiece. He'd reportedly done this twice before in the fight, with the ref calling for a stoppage each time to let him replace it. But this time the ref did not do so — it's at his discretion — and so Angelo seemed to ask for a timeout, which does not exist in MMA, while his opponent and the referee looked on in confusion.

As Angelo walked away and the ref threw out his hands in confusion and then picked up the mouthpiece, Angelo paced around the cage before jumping up and over the cage and then exiting the arena.

Silva looked stunned but quickly realized what had happened and celebrated the unusual victory.

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