Strict MMA Rules
Some still doubt that mixed martial arts is, if not the top, one of the most dangerous sports on the planet. After watching this video, I bet you won’t be one of them.
Despite being a violent one-on-one game, MMA applies strict rules to prevent any serious injuries and worst, death, inside the cage. In this case, though, the referee is clearly not paying close attention to this bout at a Super Fight League event in India.
Hannah Kampf is an American flyweight fighter who was defeated in a chilling submission against Nepal’s Asha Roka last year. It was a bout people talked about not because of the fighters, but because of the ‘sleeping’ referee.
Early in the brawl, Roka dominated her opponent. The Nepali star pulled Kampf into a frightening headlock that she struggled to escape. Okay, maybe ‘struggled’ is an understatement.
Clearly, the losing fighter will not be able to escape from the headlock except tapping out. But during that time, she was hardly moving her legs as Roka’s grip tightened.
Every evidence suggested that Kampf was already unconscious, but referee Alan Fernandes allowed the fight to continue for another 16 seconds!
Commentators are even telling the ref that she’s not responding anymore.
“She’s out, look at the ref!” commentators exclaimed as Kampf struggled.
Thankfully, she survived
Luckily though, sitting in Kampf’s corner was her coach, noted grappler and former UFC fighter Dennis Hallman. He immediately jumped inside the Octagon to save his fighter from a fatal headlock.
Despite this, Fernandes was hesitant to reveal what actually went wrong in the controversial bout. During an interview with The MMA India Show he said:
“We had six fights tonight. We had five good stoppages. I think it (isn’t) fair to pick up one fight and (pull out) one negative and not speak about the positives.”
When he was asked why he wasn’t in a better position to stop the fight when it was on its worst, Fernandes stated:
“The initial scramble that happened in the fight where Hannah went in for a take-down and Asha got a hold of (her) neck somehow reversed into a reverse-guillotine where Asha landed on top and Hannah was down.”
“I didn’t have enough space to go on the other side. The idea I had of the fight’s positioning was either I see her face or I see her hand. In order to see the hand tap, I had to be on the other side. What I got to see was one-dimensional, the world got to see six or eight different angles.”
“For me, that was probably the best position I could have been in.”
Watch the chilling footage on this Twitter post:
SFL – The referee was sleeping – Asha Roka /Sher-E-Punjab/ 1R guillotine (vs. Hanna Kamf /Bengaluru Tigers/ pic.twitter.com/wpJbSp0FsQ
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 17, 2017
Fernandes explained why he assumed Kampf was still conscious, making him allow the fight to continue:
“You can see (the video) shows her hand going up and coming down, so according to me, she’s still responding. I was waiting for her to maybe tire Asha out because she’s an experienced grappler.”
“From my point of view, I think that was the right place for me to stand. I may have made an error and I’m accepting it. It’s a sport, everybody makes mistakes.”