The ordinary bout at UFC Fight Night 139 live on 10 November abruptly ended when Mexican featherweight fighter Yair Rodriguez made a last-ditch effort to stop the pummelling by "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung by unexpectedly knocking him out with a randomly aimed elbow strike at 4:59 in the fifth round. The moment when Rodriguez lands his lucky strike was later uploaded on YouTube.
WARNING: The following video is graphic and may offend sensibilities
According to the published scorecards, if not for his elbow strike, Rodriguez would have lost the fight by a small margin in points, but the knockout at the last second of the bout allowed him to move higher on the UFC roster.
Here it is: Rodriguez-Zombie scorecard pic.twitter.com/CcEV370xEJ— Mike Fridley (@mikefridley) November 11, 2018
The unexpected finale to the fight shocked those who watched it, as no one expected such a twist in a fight where both athletes had exchanged equally powerful series of punches.
Bizarre.— Justin S. 🧐 (@JustinSmithArts) November 11, 2018
The strike came as total surprise for fans of both fighters.
Talk about comin out of nowhere— Brian Edwards (@BEgood31567) November 11, 2018
Some twitterians even called it the "knockout of the year."
Yair Rodriguez with a backward upward elbow that STARCHES Korean Zombie at the final second of a fight he was likely about to lose!!!— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) November 11, 2018
Knockout of the Year. Knockout of the Century. What in the world just happened… #UFCDenver
Several social media users noted, though, that such a punch could be called a "chicken wing"…
The chicken Wing— Tiki bar Charlie's (@charliedog82) November 11, 2018
…while others argued that that doesn't make it any less impressive.
Who says you can't fly on just one wing?pic.twitter.com/WNoW7wLtG8— Lucy Luvs (@LucyLuvs) November 11, 2018
Notably, even those who supported the "Zombie," were impressed by Rodriguez's last second save.
I was pulling for Zombie but damn Yair did his thing 😮😮— Jason (@Mizzle13J) November 11, 2018