Embarrassing UFC glitch ruins one of the greatest knockouts you'll ever see
Someone may have lost their job after the world missed out on Matt Brown's stunning knockout in real time.
UFC Norfolk was a huge occasion for legendary fighter Matt Brown. 'The Immortal' was matched up against fellow veteran Diego Sanchez in what may have been his MMA swansong.
If this was Brown's last involvement in the sport, it was one hell of a note to bow out on. He scored his 10th UFC welterweight knockout and his 12th UFC welterweight stoppage against the Ultimate Fighter season one champion, both of which are divisional records.
Not only that, but Brown achieved this impressive feat with a brutal move that perfectly encapsulates what his fighting style is all about - grime and violence.
After a brief slip, Brown got back to his feet in time to catch a body kick. He held onto Sanchez's foot, took away his balance and drove his back towards the fence. He reached with his left hand to find his range, freed his right hand, then sent his opponent to the shadow realm with an incredibly vicious elbow to the cranium.
WHAT AN ELBOW! Matt Brown KO's Diego Sanchez for the finish at #UFCNorfolk! https://t.co/i7MIUI1rXE
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 12, 2017
The lights went out instantly... for Sanchez and the folks viewing from the comfort of their homes.
Remarkably, a horribly-timed broadcast error meant that the only people who actually saw this finish live were the spectators inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Just as Brown was about to land the coup de grace, the stream changed and audiences were forced to endure a live feed of an empty press conference room. When the error was corrected, they returned to see the crowd going wild in celebration of the finish.
Matt Brown via empty press conference room finish. Lol. What happened? Anybody else get that?
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 12, 2017
What a comedy of errors this card has been. Matt Brown flattens Diego Sanchez with an elbow in what might be his retirement bout, FS1 truck split screens into a rewinding feed of the fight and an empty dais for the presser. Allow me to kiss my fingers.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) November 12, 2017
Matt Brown knocked out Diego Sanchez so bad it messed up the FOX Sports 1 feed somehow.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) November 12, 2017
Matt Brown seemingly scored a highlight-reel knockout in what could be his retirement fight... and no one saw it live because of an FS1 broadcast mistake.
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) November 12, 2017
Brown finishes Sanchez with — I think — an elbow. Unfortunately a glitch during the broadcast made us miss it.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 12, 2017
That elbow KO was incredible. Sad someone screwed up and we missed it live.
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) November 12, 2017
Oh god that elbow was so violent that Fox Sports' cameras broke.
— Mookie Alexander, Unofficially (@mookiealexander) November 12, 2017
Did anybody else’s Tv slump/glitch out when @IamTheImmortal KO’d #DiegoSanchez ? #UFCFightNight
— Dennis Bermudez (@MenaceBermudez) November 12, 2017
Waiting for Dana White's meltdown on the production crew in 3...2...#UFCNorfolk
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 12, 2017
Thank Christ for instant replays!