Nashkho Galaev was down and briefly out inside the MMA cage at ACB 64 in Turkey on Wednesday, but the bantamweight fighter didn’t let a moment of unconsciousness keep him from victory.


In the bout’s opening round, opponent Denis Mutsnek choked out Galaev while pinning him against the cage. Galaev was unresponsive for a couple of seconds before waking up in time for the official to allow the fight to continue.


Galaev survived the round and returned to a similarly rocky start in the second round, but proved to still have plenty of fight left in him.


The 25-year-old Russian worked his way out of another jam, landing several shots to Mutsnek before delivering the final blow: a brutal right knee to the face.

Nashkho Galaev was on the brink of defeat when he slipped out of consciousness in Turkey Wednesday.

Nashkho Galaev was on the brink of defeat when he slipped out of consciousness in Turkey Wednesday.

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Galaev’s remarkable KO comeback improved his MMA record to 6-3.


Though his memory of the short sleep may be a bit fuzzy, he’s not likely to forget his tenacity in clinching the win.

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