Video: Cameraman gets trapped in-cage in bizarre scene at Russian MMA event

A cameraman at a Russian MMA event got a little closer to the action than he bargained for this past week.

The scene unfolded on Thursday midway through the co-main event at Open Fighting Championships 36 in St. Petersberg, Russia. With Gadzhimurad Gairbekov and Dilshot Norkuziev set to begin the fourth round of their flyweight title bout, a curious sight quickly made itself apparent, as a thick black cord cut straight across the center of the cage.

Gairbekov didn’t seem to mind much, charging out and immediately planting Norkuziev on the mat with a slick double-leg takedown. But that’s when the culprit for the odd scene revealed itself: A camera operator had gotten stuck inside the cage, equipment and all.

Luckily for us, the entire sequence was caught by the inimitable Caposa.

That clip can be watched below.

Gairbekov (5-0) ultimately defeated Norkuziev (3-1) via unanimous decision to preserve his undefeated record and capture the Open Fighting Championships flyweight title.

As far as we can tell, no further embarrassment was suffered by any equipment operators during the bout.

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