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Fight-Related Controversy of the Day: Dirty Move or Misunderstanding at Champions of Champions 2?

(Props: MMA Fanhouse)

Remember that big kickboxing card in Jamaica that we alerted you to on Friday?  Well, it happened, but not without some controversy.  In a much-anticipated (at least among kickboxing fans) bout, Nathan Corbett dropped Nathan Spong with a sweet little right hook.  Though Spong managed to get up, the ref took a long look at him and decided he was done. 

Here’s where it gets tricky, though.  The referee, as you see in the replay from the above video, steps back as if to recommence the fight, but instead he waves it off.  That’s when Corbett charges in to finish Spong off before the ref can stop him.  Seems like a miscommunication, right?  Only because of this miscommunication the result of the bout is changed to a ‘No Contest,’ which we learn when Cedric the Entertainer (seriously) gets on the mic.

Announcers Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and Larry Bird look-alike Mark "The Hammer" Castagnini clearly see it differently, with Schiavello expressing some measure of outrage at Corbett’s actions and Castagnini defending them from the fighter’s perspective.

Personally, I’m inclined to side with the misunderstanding camp.  The ref’s movements are somewhat ambiguous, and there’s really no reason to think that a man who just found out he won the fight would come on to continue the assault instead of celebrating his victory.

But that’s all beside the point, because even if you believe that it was an unsportsmanlike attack by Corbett, it still happened after the fight had been stopped.  As soon as that happened, Corbett was the winner.  If he did something wrong after that point you can fine him or strip him of the title or ban him altogether if you want, but you can’t take away his victory.  It’s nonsensical.  Even “The Voice” knows that.  Too bad Ceddy Bear is content to urge a rematch for no good reason.

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Crap Factory- June 30, 2009 at 5:31 am
Is it just me or does the video player suck?
dugmouth- June 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm
wow, robbed for being a tard. life is just
robthom- June 29, 2009 at 8:37 pm
At first glance I totally thought that was a still frame with a big orange arrow pointing at the controversy.

I was trying to figure out what kind of controversial, possibly perverted "dirty move" he was making with that microphone?!
imtall- June 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm
I actually have some experience competing in amateur kickboxing. I think this was just an unfortunate accident and clearly the referee's fault. All Corbett is thinking is that he has to finish the other guy, he's looking at his opponent (check his focus) and his opponent's body language (who has his hands up ready to fight), and as soon as the ref moved out of the way he went for it.

I don't think you can step into a ring to fight and do well if you have to worry about hurting your opponent. I think you have to adopt the attitude that the referee is going to protect both you and your opponent - so you gotta try your hardest (or you may end up being the one knocked out). In the end it is the ref's responsibility to protect the fighters not the fighters and the ref failed in this case. It wasn't malicious and certainly should not affect the outcome of the fight. Hopefully he can petition.
maxwell- June 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm
stopamatic would have been guaranteed tshirt material but you forgot the all important 'wait there's more'.
Chri534.- June 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm
Try arguing my logic instead of getting pissed that I called you a fucking child.

If you think about it, your last post was Exhibit A for your argument about posting opinions instead of hateful things.

It's kind of funny...the fact that I have to explain this to you further supports my original statement.
831 Son- June 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Chri534.- June 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Yeah, I was expressing MY opinion (other people have them too). I never said I wanted to fight or anything, it's just my opinion that you have been showing a trend of posting horrible "opinions". If it truly is your last time posting here, you're welcome everyone else.
AntonG420- June 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Fuck you this is a fuckin message board I can write whatever I want, dont be a keyboard warrior and post your message without calling anyone names. IF thats what you have to do to feel good about yourself then thats pathetic. The CP article is clearly asking for people's opinions and thats what I saw. Last time Im posting on this site, bunch of angry motherfuckers.
Chri534.- June 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm
Anton, again you're a fucking moron. If you watch his body language it is clear that he is just looking to continue the fight. In a situation like that, the fighter cannot be staring at the ref hoping that the fight will get called; he's got to be ready to fight. It's up to the ref to indicate the bout is over (see also: thousands of mma refs tackling fighters still punching unconscious opponents).

Instead of stepping back then waiving off the fight as being over, he should have waived off the fight and then stepped back...had they been exchanging and the guy was getting brutalized on his feet, the ref would have put himself inbetween the fighters and thrown his arms up, right? It was the ref's fault, it wasn't intentional, and he will probably never make that mistake again. I see nothing dirty about this, and it's complete bullshit to take away a victory (especially after the fight has already been ruled in his favor).

It's sad that everything needs to be explained to you like a fucking child Anton.
pirzola- June 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm
i think he's Tyrone Spong insted of Nathan.

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pirzola- June 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm
i think he's Tyrone Spong, not Nathan.

Clyde- June 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm
That's an amazingly bad call. He won the fight, knocked the guy down again afterwards, an it's suddenly a no contest. He approached it like it was still a match but I can't agree that the ref was a bit ambiguous. Maybe he could have stood between the two to make it abundantly clear but that was pretty blatant. In fact he could have waved it off while the guy was still down with the way he was trying to sit up, that was over then.

And bravo burrito. Classic.
Savageleto- June 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm
Wow.. what a horrid ending.

Dubbayoo- June 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm
But wait there's more. Call now and get the Mazzagatti nullifyer.
Kellenavalanche- June 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm
Preeeetty good el famous burrito.
phaderlanx- June 29, 2009 at 11:57 am
Def see it as a miscommunication. changing it to a NC is downright redick. ps- that whole card was seriously stacked with MT superstars. JWP/Buakaw, Anuwat/Liam harrison, corbett/spong, Angelea parr/ Kitchen, Brown/Kaoklai etc. etc...
headcase- June 29, 2009 at 11:42 am
AntonG -- Honestly, who in their right state of mind fights for a living anyway? You have to be a little crazy to do it, perhaps this guy was just a little crazier?

And fuck the fuckin Diaz brothers Fuck em all- June 29, 2009 at 11:35 am
AntonG420- June 29, 2009 at 11:25 am
oh definitely a dirty move, don't you have to wait for the ref to say fight and step away in muay thai? I mean when the ref is waving his hands up in the air who in their right state of mind would think to go finish the other guy?? something is not right here
mayhem- June 29, 2009 at 11:12 am
@Old_Bald_and_Irish -
Maybe a hug would help out as well ?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 29, 2009 at 10:59 am
@ 831 Son

Dude...switch to decaf!
831 Son- June 29, 2009 at 10:51 am
Ref's always fuck shit up. I dont see how it is so hard to get some good ref's in all sports. Fucking idiots. The UFC needs to work on getting their own ref's because its ridiculous how retarded some of them are. They deserve to die for being such morons.
caffn8d- June 29, 2009 at 10:49 am
I can't believe they changed the result. Yes, it was shitty (on a couple counts). But if the fight was called, then the fight was called. What's next... wins changed to no contests for excessive celebration or name calling?