Mairbek Taisumov may be a ferocious competitor when inside the octagon, but he maintains the reputation as one of the nicest fighters in MMA, particularly with his endearing personality and humble approach outside the cage.
In fact, during his post-fight scrum, Taisumov apologized for any unnecessary shots he may have thrown against Anthony Christodoulou.
"I didn't see that he was out," said Taisumov, without the help of a translator. "In my career, I've never (done this before). When I see somebody do something like this, I didn't like it. I didn't see that he was out.
"I'm so sorry."
The Chechen-born fighter earned his third UFC win on Saturday night with a vicious KO win against Christodoulou. Taisumov knocked his opponent down with flush knee strikes before finishing him off with a barrage of punches on the ground. While it was certainly a violent finish, it was not necessarily a late stoppage.
However, Taisumov insisted on adding to his apology.
"I didn't see that he was out and that is why I am apologizing for that. That was not nice. If I didn't see that he was out, maybe the referee also didn't see that he was out."