Submission Fighting Open 1: September 6, 1997 in Griffin, GA – This fight was a middleweight tournament alternate match. Only open handed strikes were allowed. Phillip Smith was fighting under Jacare and Chris Cox was fighting under Suua Khai.
Smith wastes no time as he takes Cox down immediately and lands in side mount. Smith gets mount a few seconds later and attempts an Ezekiel Choke. Cox spent pretty much most of the fight on the bottom fighting off Ezekiel chokes. There were a couple of instances where Cox was able to make it back to his feet only to be taken down again a few seconds later.
Smith looked like he was on his way to a dominating win over Cox until he breaks his toe during or after a triangle choke attempt. The referee checks to see if Smith can continue, and Smith tells the referee that he cannot walk.
The referee calls the fight, and Chris Cox is declared the winner. The outcome was a total shocker, but that’s MMA for you.