Video Emerges of MMA Referee Choking Fighter Who Wouldn't Release Tapping Opponent

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An MMA referee was forced to choke a fighter after he refused to release his opponent, despite him tapping.

The incident happened in the first round of a bout between Doolotbek Narmatov and Saidburkhon Saidakbarov at a World Ertaymash Federation (WEF) event in Kyrgyzstan.

In footage shared on Twitter, Narmatov can be seen getting Saidakbarov in a guillotine choke, but when Saidakbarov taps to be released, Narmatov continues to choke his opponent.

In order to free him the referee first tries to loosen Narmatov's grip, and when that doesn't work he puts his hands around the fighter's throat – at which point he finally lets go and wheels away in celebration.

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Surprisingly, Narmatov wasn't penalised after the fight and was instead installed as the WEF featherweight champion. He was however condemned by UFC fans and commentators.

"That's the type of thing that should get you banned from the cage," wrote MMA Fighting writer Jed Meshew. "The guy tapped and he didn't let go and then the ref tried to pull him off and he still didn't let go and then the ref choked him and he STILL didn't want to let go.

"That's how people get killed."

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