Referee Doesn't Believe Fighter Is Unconscious, Opponent Has To Prove It
Chad George once had to tell the referee that his opponent was unconscious and unable to continue their fight.
The incident occurred at Bellator 136 back in 2015 and George was facing off with Mark Vorgeas.
George had his opponent beaten and was on top of him while he was out of it.
Referee Milan Ayers failed to spot that Vorgeas was out and George had to take matters into his own hands.
George can be heard shouting 'he's out' while the referee retorts back saying 'he's not'.
The 37-year-old decided to take matters into his own hands and get up and walk away from his downed opponent.
Ayers then went to check on Vorgeas and ruled George the winner.
It's a great show of sportsmanship from George in his Bellator debut as he could have stayed on top of his opponent and continued to punish him.
Questions could be asked of the referee not identifying that Vorgeas was knocked out on the ground.
Referees are supposed to protect the fighters from injury and it's clear that a serious injury could have occurred.
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George discussed the incident with MMAmicks.com and said he had to make a 'judgement call'.
"It was one of those things where I had to make a judgement call. I felt that he had gone unconscious and for me, my job as a fighter is to go out there and win."
'Savage' also explained his mindset when stepping into the octagon and said he wants to win by hurting his opponent 'as little as possible'.
"But if I can go out there and win by hurting my opponent as little as possible, than that's what I'm gonna do.
"To go in there and get the "W" and come home to my family and get back into the gym as quickly as possible is really all I want to do."
Referees in combat sport have always endured scrutiny but sometimes they can get accidentally get involved in the action.
Muy Thai fighter Gou Dakui once made contact with the referee of his bout by smashing him with a ferocious head kick, sending him to the canvas.
You do have to feel for referees on occasion as their correct calls are never discussed as much as their mistakes.
But failing to spot a clear knockout is a very poor show.
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