MMA fans outraged as huge fighter knocks out 'little boy' who stepped in as last-minute replacement

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS fans were left disgusted after the discovery of one of the most shocking mismatches on a UK show last September.

Evolution of Combat 9 pitted up-and-coming fighter Aron Lee against Craig Wood – who was a short-notice replacement.


A stocky and hulking Lee dwarfed the young-looking Wood – who is actually 21 – and unsurprisingly made light work of him, taking him out in a matter of seconds.

Footage of the mismatch was unearthed after photos of the contest started doing the rounds on Twitter.

And MMA fans across the globe chimed in after seeing size and skill difference between the opponents.

One said: "How is this allowed? Guy isn’t in shape. Wtf is that?"

Another said: "Only just seen this on my timeline, who in the f**k allowed this to go ahead?"

And another said: "Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

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One remarked: "[The] bigger guy is happy with himself for knocking out the little boy."

MMA journalist Harry Williams said of the match-up: "Can we please find out who allowed this fight to go ahead? I know there’s journeymen, but there’s a line, surely."

Former UFC and current PFL featherweight Brendan Loughnane said: "Absolute joke. Probably only got £200 if he was lucky."

EoC issued a statement on the match-up after footage and photos of the fight went viral, insisting the short-notice bout fight 'does not represent the values' of the promotion.

It read: "We are aware of the footage and the one image doing the rounds of a particular fight on EoC9.

"We wanted to put out a statement to make people aware that this matchup does not represent the values of EoC.

"We strive to try and match as evenly matched bouts as possible, as some great encounters have proved on 10 different EoC shows.

"This particular show had many last-minute pullouts. We also had staff shortages.

"Sometimes using journeymen is the only way a show can still go ahead and we are grateful to them for that as many other promotions are.

"This particular last-minute replacement was pulled in with less than 24hrs notice, the name used on all run sheets etc was the one given to EOC the evening before. This ensured the Icelandic amateur could still make a showing.

"We as a promotion regret that this matchup happened with such a size discrepancy and looking back would not make the same decision.

"We can however say that two consenting men chose to step into the octagon to compete and both walked out healthy.

"Since this event, we have ran another event with a different outlook and look to ensure we keep good standards 100% of the time from now on."

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