When interviewing a man who just had the crap beaten out of him in an octagon, there’s usually bound to be something interesting that happens. For example, there’s the time that Joe Rogan interviewed John “Bones” Jones, and Jones realized mid-interview that his toe was broken, dislocated, and bleeding.
But this is a new one. Cliff Thompson, an MMA fighter that has recently joined the professional circuit after a successful amateur career, fought Doug Usher this past Saturday at an event that was called Wild Bill’s Fight Night 57. I just want to take a second to let you soak in the fact that the MMA event was actually titled Wild Bill’s Fight Night 57. The three-round fight went to decision and the 206-pound Thompson came out victorious in his second professional MMA bout.
George Kennebrew, a reporter from The MMA Encyclopedia, was getting ready to interview Thompson after the fight. During Kennebrew’s introduction, you can see that Thompson is very visibly out of it, and he looks to be going through that frightening “Am I about to throw up?” inner monologue that we all know so well.
Take a look:
Thompson is sweating profusely and looks very out of it. At the ten second mark he closes his eyes and rears his head back as if he’s fending off the first wave of nausea. He takes a deep breath, blinks a few times, tries to gain his composure, throws up in his mouth just a bit as Kennebrew asks for his thoughts on the fight and pushes the microphone towards his face, and then it’s over.
Cliff Thompson may have won his first fight of the night, but he lost his second when he valiantly battled his own nausea. He had to step off camera before the interview ever started to take care of business. But the best part has to be the interviewer’s reaction. He quickly runs through three emotions in the course of about five seconds. Kennebrew starts with surprise, makes his way to commiseration and pity, and finishes with absolute disgust.