On Saturday night, Sheila "The German Tank" Gaff ran over Jennifer Maia at Cage Warriors Fight Night 4 in Dubai in just ten seconds. With the win, she advances to the final of a four woman 125lb tournament and faces the winner of Aisling Daly and Rosi Sexton later this year.
For Gaff, that was her sixth knockout and tenth career finish out of ten career wins. The knock out has been surrounded by controversy though as people worry that she took advantage of Maia's lowered guard, when she was looking to touch gloves and knocked her out with a sucker punch.
Now, I would argue that Gaff did nothing wrong. It goes without saying that she did not break the rules, but I also do not think she did anything cheap. They touched gloves at the start of the fight and Gaff seems to walk across the cage looking ready to do business, with her guard up. Any study of Gaff would surely have led Maia to realise that it is worth keeping your guard up right from the bell because the German always starts quickly.
The second part of Gaff's defense, is that the punch she lands is not the one that does any damage. Maia does not seem rocked at all by it and looks to clinch with Gaff. Rather than this being the defensive maneuver of a bewildered or shocked opponent, Maia clearly attempts to pull Gaff's head down to land knees. This is when Gaff lands the knockout blow.
I do not think it is that controversial, but plenty of people seem unhappy about it. What do you think? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts.