Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
There have been some epic flips in sports history. There’s Carl Edwards and his backflips off his car. There’s Ozzie Smith doing cartwheels and backflips while taking his place at shortstop. And of course there’s Jason Pierre Paul doing backflips in his USF days (It might be easier for JPP to get a sack without a thumb than doing a backflip without one).
Well we had another entry to the pantheon of epic backflips in sports, but for all of the wrong reasons. Bellator MMA fighter Darrion Caldwell defeated Shawn Brunch at Bellator 143 Friday night and took to the top of the octagon to celebrate. He attempted a backflip and what happened next is better seen than read:
He totally wipes out the cameraperson, who happens to be female. But she was a trooper and was able to capture Caldwell nearly taking her head off. Fortunately, she was OK afterwards and Caldwell apologized:
But hey, it could have been worse. At least Caldwell didn’t pull a Kurt Angle: