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MMA Fighter Brutally KNOCKS OUT Referee With Botched Rolling Thunder Kick, The Impact Was Sickening

Daniel Marland

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MMA Fighter Brutally KNOCKS OUT Referee With Botched Rolling Thunder Kick, The Impact Was Sickening

Luis Gonzalez accidentally knocked out referee Scott Manhardt with a rolling thunder during his fight with Lewis Byrne on Thursday.


Gonzalez was representing Mexico and Byrne represented Ireland during their MMA Super Cup semi-final clash and the former was looking for a quick win.

'The Assassin' busted out a rolling thunder kick, which is incredibly difficult to pull off accurately, and secured a huge knockout.

Problem is it was a knockout of official Manhardt and he hit the canvas with an almighty thud.

Everyone cage side was caught off guard by the incident and immediately rushed to check on Manhardt.

He ended up being fit enough to referee the rest of the contest.

Gonzalez would go on to lose the fight via decision and Byrne advanced to the final.

Fans have reacted to the footage and they're in awe at how clean the strike was, even though it was planted on a referee.

One commented: "What I’ve learned from watching WWE is we’re getting a false finish and another referee will dramatically run down to the octagon."

Image Credit: @IMMAFED/Twitter
Image Credit: @IMMAFED/Twitter

Another added: "How you gonna kick a ref in the face like that and just walk away without seeing he’s okay lmao."

A third put: "Then he goes for the steel chair and steals the victory!!"

While someone tweeted: "He walked away like he wasn't even sorry lol."

Back in 2019, Davy Gallon managed to execute a flawless rolling thunder kick to score a massive knockout victory over UFC veteran Ross Pearson.

Commentary were left stunned as the Frenchman landed the devastating blow late in round three.

Do you think a rolling thunder is the hardest move to pull off in MMA?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: IMMAFED/Twitter

Topics: UFC

Daniel Marland
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