Twitter roundup: MMA world reacts to USA's 2-2 draw with Portugal in FIFA World Cup

Christopher Lee

The US Men's National Team was denied a place in the last 16 of the World Cup after Portugal scored with mere seconds remaining to salvage a 2-2 draw. See how the MMA twitterverse reacted.

Tonight could've been the USA's chance to advance out of the dubbed "Group of Death" in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The American men needed a win against Portugal to see themselves through to the 2nd round, an achievement that seemed a bit laughable pre-tournament. A loss for the Portuguese would've knocked them out of the World Cup after a 4-0 thumping at the hands of the Germans put them at the bottom of the group.

A nightmarish defensive error from defender Geoff Cameron for the US saw them fall behind 1-0 inside 5 minutes on a hot and humid night in Manaus, Brazil. The US fought back and equalized on a sensational goal by midfielder Jermaine Jones, who hadn't scored since 2012, but picked a great time to end the drought. Clint Dempsey gave the USA the lead with 9 minutes remaining, but in the last minute of stoppage time, Cristiano Ronaldo put in a dangerous cross that was headed into the net by Varela to rescue Portugal from an early exit and prevent the US from moving on. Highlights of the game can be found here.

Back by popular demand, here's how the MMA's legion of fighters and commentators reacted via Twitter to what was ultimately a heartbreaking result for the USA. These tweets are presented in chronological order to show the ups and downs of this wild game:

Derek Brunson

Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Matt Mitrione

Chris Weidman

Urijah Faber

Akira Corassani

Mike Goldberg

Derek Brunson

Phil Davis

Kyle Kingsbury

Luke Rockhold

Chris Weidman

Johnny Bedford

Mike Goldberg

Kenny Florian

Mauro Ranallo

Jon Jones

In the grand scheme of things, the USA can still qualify for the next round with a draw or win against Germany (easier said than done). Alternatively, a Portugal vs. Ghana draw or a win for either team but not enough to overcome the tiebreakers of goal differential or goals scored can still see the US through.

Obviously plenty of UFC fighters are in touch with the sport, and even Mike Goldberg had a few words to say about "The Beautiful Game". The USA and Germany play Thursday at 12 PM ET, running simultaneously with Portugal vs. Ghana, a practice that FIFA has implemented since this little incident in 1982.

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