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Referee Goes Mad At UFC Fighter After Three Illegal Shots In A Single Round

Referee Goes Mad At UFC Fighter After Three Illegal Shots In A Single Round

Referee Marc Goddard lost it with fighter Roman Bogatov after he came up with multiple illegal blows in the same round at UFC 251 last night.

The Russian lightweight twice hit his opponent Leonardo Santos with knee strikes below the belt right to his groin. Santos was clearly in pain and Bogatov received a stern warning following his first foul.

But not long after and he's at it again with a carbon copy situation that prompted British ref Goddard to halt the fight yet again and go over to Bogatov's translator to stress that he needed to stop with the blows to Santos' cup.

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He did not get the message and another brutal illegal blow followed as the final one minute of the round approached.

This time, with Santos on one knee and up against the cage, Bogatov caught him flush with a knee strike right to the face and Goddard went mad.

"Woah... What are you doing?" the official shouted, before saying, "How many times?"

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After a third instance, Goddard had no choice but to deduct two points from Bogatov and it ultimately proved crucial to the fight result.

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The bout was scored 29-26 in favour of Santos by all three judges, meaning the Brazilian is now on a six-fight winning streak in the lightweight division.

Bogatov was actually unbeaten going into this 'Fight Island' encounter on the UFC 251 preliminary bouts but suffered a deserved first loss that could have quite easily have seen him disqualified.

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Topics: UFC News, MMA News, referee, UFC, MMA

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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