This past Saturday Ultimate Fight League 8 featured a night of fights that included kickboxing, amateur and professional fights.
For its main event UFL 8 organized a featherweight title bout between Emrah Sonmez and Leandro Souza.
Emrah finished Souza in the very first round via TKO, but the referee seemed oblivious to the fact and allowed Souza to endure unnecessary punishment.
More than 40 blows to the head were counted before the referee decided to call the fight.
MMA journalist Andy Stevenson shared on twitter a clip of the fight, in which he called “disgraceful”.
Some of the most dangerous reffing I’ve ever seen took place at UFL MMA 8 tonight.
I count 41 unanswered blows after the initial damaging knee.
— Andy Stevenson (@andyste123) February 5, 2022
In the clip, even the live commentator for the event went on the microphone to beg the referee to stop the fight.
Late stoppages are not an uncommon problem to be seen in small events such as this, however even the big leagues occasionally suffer with bad refereeing.
For instance, back in 2020, Herd Dean allowed Jai Herbert to endure a brutal beating that made even his opponent Francisco Trinaldo hesitant to continue in the fight.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 25, 2020
Even in title fights referees had made horrible calls before.
In Jose Aldo’s title fight at the bantamweight division against the champion Petr Yan, Yan completely dominated the Brazilian in the fifth round and finished in devastating fashion.
The punishment Aldo had to endure before the referee decided to call the fight is hard to watch even to this day.
Petr Yan wins by TKO (+110) in a heavy beatdown over Jose Aldo.
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) July 12, 2020
5 Times Herb Dean Refused To Call It And Let Fighters “Be The Warrior”
Herb Dean’s reffing came into focus earlier this month when he failed to stop Brian Ortega vs Alex Volkanovski in spite of Ortega being unable to get up as the bell ring – and in spite of him being unable to answer any questions in follow up medical check.
In fact later Ortega seemed unaware he was being offered water and did breathing exercises instead of taking a sip.
Even Volkanovski criticized Dean:
“He answered every question wrong.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 26, 2021
Dean defended his fumble:.
“I don’t think his cornermen helped him [to sit up],” Dean said (transcription via Bloody Elbow). “He was laying there, he wasn’t getting up. I think it was more of those ‘Hey, it’s time to get up. Let’s get moving.’ ‘Cause once they grabbed him, it’s not, like, they had to lift him up. Once they put their hands on him, he was getting up to get on the stool. But I think he was really having that — I can’t speak for him, but I know how it feels like to struggle with yourself. And he definitely was spending some time talking to himself there, figuring out, digging deep. Finding the strength to go on.
“What was interesting is he got that minute rest period. ‘Cause basically, at the end of the round, it was exhaustion, I think. He had given it his all. Then the physician comes in, medically clears him, says he’s clear. Some of (Ortega’s) answers weren’t exactly clear, but then when he looked at me and gave clear answers, like, ‘Yes, I see, yes I wanna continue,’ and you could see that he was ready to compete again, we gave him another chance. Of course, we’re gonna kinda watch closely, but he got out there and did what he was supposed to do.”
But this lead us to google some of our least favorite situations where Herb let the “fighter go out like a warrior”TM:
5. Marina Rodriguez finishes Amanda Ribas twice:
— Girls Gone Wild (@mmagirlswild) October 5, 2021
4. BJ Penn Punches Diego Sanchez’ Head Off:
3. CB Dolloway curls up and accepts defeat to Khalid Murtazaliev, Herb Dean disagrees and allows him the chance to be a warrior: