MMA heavyweight Chandler Cole claimed he was “a role model for all dads around the world” after a fun fight with Jordan Heiderman in Vegas.
The pair fought at Ultimate Fighter 30 for a spot in the semifinals of the MMA tournament.
But despite some acrobatics from Cole, he was outlasted by his opponent in their heavyweight showdown.
TUF30 events are usually held over two rounds, but the scorecards were even, extending the fight to another five minutes.
Cole may have come up short with the overall result.
But he produced the moment of the fight after landing a stunning twisting back heel kick in round 1.
The 27-year-old is well-known on The Hammer and has certainly delivered a decent punch to an unsuspecting Heiderman.
Cole is 5’6″ and weighs 265 lbs, with the full force of his spinning kick slamming his opponent into the octagonal cage.
The Virginia native fell after the kick with a series of punches, pinning his opponent to the ground as he tried to seal the win.
But 6ft3 Heiderman put up an impressive fight to maintain his unbeaten 6-0 record – even though UFC Queen Dana White disagreed with the judges’ decision.
White said: “I disagreed with the judges. I didn’t think this should have gone into a third round. But it’s happening, so what are you gonna do?
“At least in The Ultimate Fighter you have the opportunity to go out there, dig deep and try to make it to the semifinals.”
Cole was proud of his post-fight performance, despite the loss.
He said on Twitter, “Well… I didn’t win but at least I’m a role model for all dads around the world.”
Cole had entered the fight with a UCL ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, limiting his punching power.
He said: “I told myself I was going to leave it all out there, but you know, with my injury and things like that, I was very limited in what I could have done.
“But that’s how this game works.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5570197/watch-chandler-cole-back-heel-kick-mma-loss/ ‘Dad Bod Role Model’ – Watch 265-pound Chandler Cole land a stunning back-heel kick…but still lose the MMA fight