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Incredible moment MMA fighter receives two yellow cards then red card in DQ defeat

Incredible moment MMA fighter receives two yellow cards then red card in DQ defeat

Former UFC fighter Arjan Bhullar received a red card by referee Herb Dean in the ONE Championship heavyweight bout.

An MMA fighter received an extremely red card on Friday night during the One Championship card.

The promotion held a show in Qatar for the first time in their history with the One 166 card, which featured three world title rematches.

In a heavyweight encounter, former UFC fighter Arjan Bhullar took on Amir Aliakbari and the fight was over in round three.

But it was one of the most surprising finishes in MMA history, Bhullar was disqualified and shown a red card by referee Herb Dean.

He was given two yellow cards as warnings after failing to engage. But then when he continued to remain inactive, Dean had no choice but to dismiss him by showing a red card with four minutes and 15 seconds on the clock.

It was the first time the promotion used a red card, having made the decision to adopt the same approach as football.

Typically, in leading promotions like UFC, not signalling to engage would lead to points deductions.

The promotion's CEO Chatri Sityodtong was furious with Bhullar's antics and laid into him for refusing to fight.

"What Arjan did is unacceptable at ONE Championship," he said, as per the Daily Mail.

"This is the first time in the history of the company, the organisation, that we've ever issued a red card on timidity. The first time ever.

"He didn't want to fight. And if you don't want to fight, why are you a professional fighter? You definitely don't belong at the top of the world in pinnacle martial arts. "I was deeply disappointed in Arjan, and I think he let down India. India will no longer look at him as a hero."

Bhullar is a former ONE heavyweight champion and fought four times in UFC. His record is now 11-3 in MMA after his latest loss.

Featured Image Credit: One Championship

Topics: MMA, UFC