Is Andre Souhkamthath ‘the dumbest fighter in UFC history’?
UFC bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath faced off with the hyped Sean O’Malley at UFC 222. O’Malley managed to stun Soukhamthath relatively early in the fight, but “The Asian Sensation” managed to stay in the fight until the third round, when O’Malley suddenly couldn’t stand on one foot.
But Andre Soukhamthath did not take advantage of it to win the fight. He grappled with his opponent for the rest of the fight. However, Southkamthath didn’t hide from the criticism in an interview with ESPN.
“I’m getting trolled right now by so many people,” Soukamthath says. “They are calling me the dumbest fighter in MMA. The dumbest fighter in UFC history. Even my friend Rashad [Evans]. Everyone is wondering why I decided to wrestle, and I’m wondering the same thing.”
“After he rocked me, I still stayed in the fight, but I was kind of dizzy and dazed afterwards,” Soukhamthath says. “That shot really threw me off the rest of the game plan in the fight. I really wasn’t there.
”I think I was just fighting with instincts. I definitely regret it, because I’m a striker first and a wrestler second. If I would have just done my thing out there, I easily would have won the fight.”
“I know what I did wrong. I realize what I did. I’m going to capitalize on my mistakes and learn from this. I’m not going to let opinions of others get in the way of my life. I’ve been through this before, and I’m not going to let it bring me down.”