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Rollie Baguisa Skips Glove Tap, Punches David Hicks


Rollie Baguisa vs. David Hicks: Hidden Talent MMA

The co-main event at Hidden Talent MMA’s “Who’s Next: Round 5,” pitted Energy MMA’s Rollie Baguisa against David Hicks. This fight started before the opening bell.

Baguisa entered the cage first, and took his place in his corner. When Hicks entered, he did a lap around the cage. As Hicks neared, Baguisa put up his hand for a glove tap. Hicks did not see it and kept going with his lap until he settled in his corner. I was sitting at the media table right below Baguisa’s corner, and I don’t think Hicks ever saw Baguisa put up for his glove.

It must have bothered Baguisa though, because when the first round began, Baguisa ignored Hicks’ signal to tap gloves and instead thew a right-hand that landed.

Right after that happened, Hicks’ corner was up in arms, and according to one of the officials, a member of his corner had to be removed. You can see this taking place right after Baguisa lands that first punch.

After the round ended, Hicks expressed his displeasure to Baguisa, then walked right out of the cage, giving Baguisa the win. Hicks’ corner also complained to referee Otto Torriero that he should have done something about the incident, but he made it clear that their is no rule regarding glove taps, and that all fighters are instructed to protect themselves at all times.

Baguisa did apologize in his post-fight interview.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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  1. Phil Baroni

    Nov 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    That punch was the best eva!

  2. Branden Schaub

    Nov 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Good punch, but it didnt shut him down.

  3. Jon Jones

    Nov 26, 2013 at 6:15 am


  4. Anderson Silva

    Nov 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

    This sumthing Chael would do, not good fighting man- is no good.

  5. Georges St. Pierre

    Nov 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Eetsa strahtegee.

  6. Chael Sonnen

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Baguisa cheap shotting someone,what a surprise. Must be his trademark.

  7. cka2nd

    Jun 8, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I wish the clip included the apology, which was definitely called for becasue that was an inexcusable cheap shot.

    Baguisa seems to be a strong kid with real power in both hands and judging from his behavior after knocking out Mike Richards, he’s not a bad kid.

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