Edgar Chairez' win over Gianni Vazquez has left MMA fans sickened – because of the 'worst refereeing' in the history of the sport.
The fight took place at Fury FC 76 in San Antonio, Texas on Friday evening, with referee Frank Collazo entrusted to be the man in the middle for the flyweight contest.
Despite Vazquez appearing to slip out of consciousness in a triangle choke and those on the sidelines trying to make the ref aware – the fight continued.
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With Chairez not knowing quite what was happening with the ref allowing the fight to go on, he switched to an arm bar, with Vazquez seemingly waking up.
With Vazquez then tapping, the fight was finally brought to a halt in the fourth round – but the replay was a hard watch for those who love the sport.
Leading MMA journalist Ariel Helwani gave his damning thoughts on social media, writing: "This is one of the worst jobs by a ref in the history of refereeing. What in the world. As reckless as it gets."
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A fan replied: "This made me feel sick. Can’t make that mistake or ever officiate again."
A second added: "Sickening, I don’t think that ref should be allowed to officiate again. The mistake is too much."
A third posted: "This is sickening.. never let this man step foot in the cage to ref again."
A statement from Fury Fighting Championship's Facebook page read: "It is the referee’s job to protect the fighter when the fighter cannot protect him or herself.
"In last night’s main event, the referee failed to do this. While the job of a referee is one of the hardest to do in this sport, the need for proper and continued training would help to alleviate things like this incident."
A statement readied by the Texas Commission reads: "TDLR is aware of concerns about the officiating in one of last night’s fights. All TDLR officials receive ongoing training and we monitor each fight for consistency in officiating."
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