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04th Jul 2016

WATCH: Bob Sapp returns to MMA after three years with typical performance

13 on the bounce

Ben Kiely

Bob Sapp is back!

If you haven’t heard of Bob Sapp before, you may not appreciate how rare of an individual he is.

Somehow, the man has managed to make it as a professional fighter even though he absolutely despises fighting. All you have to do is take a quick look at his record to see that he doesn’t like getting hit… or having to deal with submission attempts.

bob Sapp record

Still unconvinced? Here’s a better visual example which should illustrate the heavyweight’s unwillingness to take punishment in a fight.

Bob Sapp hates pain

When it was announced that the Longest Yard star would be returning to MMA after a three-year absence (he did win a kickboxing bout in Rizin late last year, mind you), it was always going to draw a lot of interest.

Why, you ask? The same reason why so many people tuned into Kimbo Slice vs Dada 5000, the same reason why the news is consistently the highest-rated TV show and the same reason why viewing figures plummeted during Felix Baumgartner’s space jump when it became apparent that he would land safely – whether they’re willing to admit it or not, people love a good disaster.

And boy did Sapp deliver on the disaster front at Road Fighting Championship 32 in China on Saturday. He faced China’s Aorigele who only needed 35 seconds to knock out the former PRIDE star. After being pummeled into a daze on the feet, Sapp was dropped by a big left hand. He fell to the mat, turtled up and ate shots until Herb Dean had seen enough.

“Eye on the TV ’cause tragedy thrills me. Whatever flavour it happens to be.” – Maynard James Keenan