MMA is a wonderful sport, which is normally regulated, by very strict, professional referees. However, these individuals are anything, but perfect. Sometimes, they act somewhat crazy. They get in the way, fall over themselves and end fights in untimely manners. Below, you will discover 15 of the worst referee blunders ever.
#1 On Wobbly Legs
Referees are forced to protect the fighters, but sometimes they just seem to anger them more than anything. Yves Lavigne did a pretty good job of that here, as he stepped in and halted a fight, which couldve possibly continued. Although questionable, Yves received quite a bit of drawback from this one.
#2 Referees and Disorderly Conduct
It is the sole responsibility of the referees to keep the fighters safe, but sometimes they fail to do this. In fact, sometimes they seem to be engrossed in the action from an entertainment perspective. Here, the ref seems dazed and confused, as the fighter slowly begins to die.
#3 Commentator Stop the Fight
From time to time, referees are so bad that fans, corner men and even the commentators are forced to step in. Here, poor old boy nearly dies, as the commentators plead with the ref to stop the fight. It doesnt get much worse.
#4 Bellator Gone Bad
Ask any true MMA fan and theyll tell you that Bellator is a somewhat questionable organization. Here, we see that the referees are often to blame. Hes out, before he hits the ground, but that doesnt seem to matter.
#5 If Nobody Sees It?
There are many regional MMA shows, which nobody will ever see. Perhaps that is a good thing here, since it definitely puts a damper on the sport. Thankfully, the fighter is not enough to stop, before his opponent dies in the cage.
#6 Choked Out and Left to Die
Women mixed martial artists can be downright brutal. This is especially true, when the referees let them go a little overboard. Even Randy Coutures experience couldnt save his old lady in this one.
#7 Backlash from the Boss
Nobody likes to receive backlash from his or her boss. Here, Josh Rosenthal, who is now famous for being a big time drug lord, earns his bosss ire. Is an explanation even needed for this one?
#8 What exactly is going on here?
This one is a total disaster from all angles. Thankfully, we get to see the referees perspective, which makes the decision far worse. What exactly is he waiting on, a tap out?
#9 Deaf and Dumb?
Sometimes, the best in the business isnt really the best. Here, Herb Dean shows that he is simply overrated, as he ignored the bell signaling the end of the round. Instead, he allows the fighter to receive unnecessary blows.
#10 Big John Thinks He's a Fighter
From time to time, referees get the big head, because theyre in the cage for so long. This has definitely gone to Big Johns head and it shows, as he attempts to push around and bully the fighters. This is certain to backfire.
#11 Need for a change
Small regional MMA shows arent always good, but they do provide us with reason for change. The fighters are obviously unskilled, but the referees are far worse. Wow, what was he thinking?
#12 Respect my Authority!
Referees take a lot of unnecessary abuse and sometimes they fight back. In this case, the referees finish is more brutal than the MMA fight itself. Somebody hurry up and sign him up for a contract.
#13 A Pat on the Back
Some cases of referee failures are so blatant that you begin to question the referees overall IQ. In this case, you can see the tap, again and again. The ref obviously sees it too, but does nothing.
#14 Doing a Barrel Roll
Thankfully, the referees stupidity doesnt always impact the safety of the fighters. In this video, we get to see Yves take a tumble, do a barrel roll and pop right back up.
#15 Near Death Experience
Sometimes, referees arent even needed. Thankfully for Jon Fitch, and his kids, he is able to live to fight another day, due to Josh Burkmans quick thinking. Sadly, Steve Mazagatti was there, but he basically wasnt.