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Updated May 22, 2014 - 9:23 am

MMA fighter submits instead of hurting opponent

Mixed martial arts can be a brutal sport, especially at the lower levels.

Such was the case in a recent amateur Prison City Fight League (cool name) bout between Jeremy Rasner and Mike Pantangco.

Pantangco was teeing off on his overmatched opponent, but instead of finishing him off, he tapped out, handing the match to the stunned Rasner.

After the fight, Pantangco explained his curious actions.

"I just feel that there's no point in fighting him because he didn't train against me and I didn't train for him and I just feel like we're amateur fighters. We don't get money. We don't get paid," he said. "And I know that the only thing is him to go to the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I'm just going to give him the win."

It was certainly a tremendous show of sportsmanship.

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