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.
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.