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Hitting refs is the new black

There was a TKO show this Saturday in my hometown, but I didn’t get to go on account of the UFC and being way too drunk to risk wandering out of my home afterwards. But overall it sounds like it was a good time, even if it did feature another act of retardation from a ref in the Bosse/Sims main event:

In a rare move, Sims jumped and pulled Bosse down to the mat with him, quickly pulling guard as well. Bosse unleashed a vicious ground-and-pound assault that forced Sims to roll to his back.

In the scramble that ensued, Bosse grabbed the fence in order to help gain leverage to keep Sims down on the mat. Referee Jerry Bolen moved in to penalize Bosse but inadvertently waved off the bout with his hands, much to the confusion of everyone in attendance. An irate Sims, who assumed that the stoppage would turn into a loss for him, kicked Bolen in the chest and was immediately scolded and restrained by ringside officials.

Sims’ longtime training partner, Mark Coleman, climbed into the cage and began to argue with Bolen as well. Despite Sims’ assault on Bolen and the mass chaos that ensued, order was eventually restored and the bout restarted minutes later.

TKO has a history of stupid shit like this happening … the last two times I’ve been to one of their shows, there’s been some kind of insanity or another halfway through the match which results in the fighters standing around for 5-10 minutes while officials and promoters scramble to un-fuck things.

Wes Sims kicking the ref is no surprise if you know Wes Sims – his legacy in the UFC is basically stomping a grounded Frank Mir in the face – but I am surprised that he seemed to get away with it. I’m not going to side with the ref when he clearly donked things completely, but you’re just not allowed to hit officials for god’s sake!