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Referee Marc Goddard attacked by crazed fighter who refused to launch choke on opponent at UAE Warriors


Referee Marc Goddard will return to the UAE to carry a licensed referee and choose’s course – nearly a 12 months after being attacked by a crazed fighter.

Ahmad Al Darmaki thought he had secured a sensational submission victory at UAE Warriors 12 final July in his dwelling nation.

The fighter turned violent towards top MMA ref Goddard when stopped in his tracks

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The fighter turned violent in the direction of high MMA ref Goddard when stopped in his tracks

Nevertheless, after refusing to launch the rear bare choke on his downed opponent, it rapidly turned ugly.

Al Darmaki, who was at one level the one skilled Emirati MMA fighter, mounted Bogdan Kirilenko in high management and duly took his again.

After locking within the choke, Kirilenko tapped the canvas to sign the battle was over within the first spherical and Goddard stepped in.

Nevertheless, Al Darmaki saved his arm clenched towards his helpless opponent’s windpipe and appeared reluctant to let go till the British referee stepped in.

Goddard attempted to break the choke hold

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Goddard tried to interrupt the choke maintain

But it was not long after Al Darmaki started to push and then grab Goddard

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But it surely was not lengthy after Al Darmaki began to push after which seize Goddard

The featherweight then determined to lift his arms to Goddard and pushed him again twice, earlier than celebrating as if nothing had occurred.

Revered MMA Journalist Ariel Helwani wrote on Twitter after watching the clip: “Nice job by Goddard. Despicable habits [sic] by Al Darmaki.

“Holds onto the choke method too lengthy after which will get bodily with the ref. Unacceptable behaviour [sic]. Must be DQ’d, suspended and fined.”

The Englishman is without doubt one of the most revered referees in world MMA and often options within the UFC at each Battle Night time occasions and pay-per-view playing cards.

Goddard was at UFC 264 and oversaw the co-main occasion that includes Gilbert Burns’ dominant show towards Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in Las Vegas.

Goddard got here below scrutiny from some followers for showing to permit Burns to fireplace off photographs to the again of Thompson’s head within the closing seconds, however he clearly defined himself on social media within the aftermath of the occasion.

“I’ll at all times attempt to supply clarification, sadly it will get drowned out,” he instructed a fan, who needed the scenario cleared up on Twitter shortly afterwards in July.

“You’ll see that solely the fourth shot is a glancing blow to the nape of the neck. The primary photographs are high and aspect.

“The final 5 clearly to the shoulder. I attempt to keep readability in chaos!

“Hope this helps.”


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