A Bellator contest between Raymond Daniels and Peter Stanonik had to be stopped in the second round after two successive horrific kicks to the nuts.
Daniels, a decorated kickboxer, is as dangerous as anyone on the feet, but the 40-year-old’s aim was slightly off on Friday night at Bellator 245.
The fight was paused at the start of the second round when a spinning back kick landed on Stanonik’s groin, but the 32-year-old American was able to continue after taking the entire five minutes permitted to recover from an illegal blow.
In a strange twist of fate, Daniels fired off another spinning back kick seconds after the restart which landed flush on Stanonik.
Clearly in agony, Stanonik went down in a heap, crying out in pain and punching the canvas.
The doctor and referee checked on Stanonik and quickly decided he could not continue and the fight was declared a no contest.
Daniels was quizzed about the unfortunate ending to his fight and was clearly concerned he might have seriously hurt Stanonik.
‘I hope my opponent Peter is okay, obviously I never mean to hit anybody as far as low blows. Whenever I knock someone out or down, I hope they are okay so I definitely hope he is okay,’ he said.
‘Definitely not how I wanted the fight to go. I had an entirely different ending in my end.
‘It’s the first time that’s ever really happened. First time I thought it was a body shot, but my foot is pretty big and covers a lot of ground.
‘The second time I definitely hit him clean. He kicked me, knocked me off balance and made me miss a little bit.
‘2020 has been that kind of year, crazy year. I don’t normally miss my spin kicks like that.’
Daniels admitted that he knew the fight was finished when the second spinning back kick connected with Stanonik.
He explained: ‘The second one hit very hard and the spin kick is the hardest technique you can throw in all combat sports.
‘My spin kick is kind of like my bazooka, grenade launcher, whatever you want to call it.
‘It can end things in an instant way wherever it lands. Unfortunately it landed in the groin vicinity.
‘I hope he’s okay, I never want to hurt my opponent where they have to be carried off.’
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