Why the Aussie mechanic turned MMA fighter received a rare standing ovation from UFC boss Dana White despite being knocked out during the fight
- Dana White was full of admiration for an Australian fighter defeated on Wednesday
- Shannon Ross was knocked out emphatically by Vinicius Salvador
- The mechanic, 33, fought valiantly despite a horrific first lap
- White gave Ross a standing ovation as he battled through the grueling contest
Australian mechanic Shannon Ross may have suffered a heavy knockout, but the aspiring mixed martial artist has certainly earned the admiration of UFC supremo Dana White.
Ross entered his fight with Vinicius Salvador the favorite, due to the Gold Coast fighter’s superior experience compared to his Brazilian rival.
However, the 33-year-old suffered a big shock as he suffered two knockdowns in a searing first round during Dana White’s Contender Series.
Australian mechanic Shannon Ross received huge praise from UFC supremo Dana White
But instead of turning around and giving up, Ross fought on valiantly and took the commentators by surprise as he was seriously injured after the first knockdown.
“Vinicius Salvador comes in with that flying kick, right to the liver, I’m amazed Shannon Ross is still up after that,” commentator Laura Sanko said after the first round.
‘Then the square brackets after to follow it. For him (Ross) to be able to fight and continue in this fight is just amazing.
“Then Salvador connects with a perfectly placed right hook, but man, how tough is Ross!”
The 33-year-old fought valiantly before being brutally knocked unconscious on Wednesday
But Ross’ effort won huge praise from White, who gave him a standing ovation on Wednesday.
The tide turned in the second round and Ross was successful with his precise attacks, until Salvador hit his target for a devastating third time, knocking Ross down before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
But Ross’ brave efforts earned praise from UFC President White, who gave the mechanic a standing ovation during the contest.
He then entered the octagon to congratulate both fighters.
“We don’t see this very often, Dana walking into the Octagon to congratulate the fighters,” commentator Dan Hellie said.
Ross made huge sacrifices to reach this stage, costing his family $20,000 after battling in Abu Dhabi.
“The hotel quarantine costs, we were okay with that. I had already decided that we were happy to wear this for my career,” Ross said.
“But learning that the one flight home for three months was going to cost me $15,000? Yeah, that call started with ‘hey baby…aaah…I just lost us some money.’