Video: Zuluzinho crashes face-first into mat after questionable standup leads to brutal knockout


The latest chapter of the Zuluzinho saga is one his fans will likely want to forget.

“Zulu” suffered one of the year’s most brutal knockouts Saturday at an AMC Fight Nights Global event in Minsk, Belarus, moments after he had the advantage on the ground against main event opponent Petr Romankevich, gaining mount position.

Unfortunately for Zuluzinho, the referee inexplicably stood the fighters up, and Romankevich capitalized with a head kick, punches, and a knee that sent veteran heavyweight crashing face-first to the canvas.

Watch the awful finish.

It’s not clear what caused the referee reset the fighters on their feet. Zuluzinho clearly attacked Romankevich in an attempt to arm submit, but that decision was the start of the end. It’s possible the referee was acting under recently revised rules by AMC President Kamil Hajiyev, which allow for referees to stand the fighters up after one minute of ground fighting.

See the slow-motion finish below.

Zuluzinho is now 0-2 fighting for the Russia-based promotion. The 44-year-old’s AMC debut in February 2021 was just as memorable as he prematurely celebrated what he thought was a knockout win before going on to lose a unanimous decision to Yusup Shuaev. It was yet another odd moment in the one-of-a-kind career of Zuluzinho, which includes fights in the now-defunct PRIDE organization against Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.