That’s not a photo, it’s a two minute video loop. (Pic: CageSideSeats.com)
Remember that little incident a couple of weeks back when referee Len Koivisto did everything but hold a mirror below Kim Couture’s nose to make sure that she was finished breathing before finally calling an end to the bout? Those of you who lashed out at him for his incompetence may now issue him a heartfelt apology in our comments section. You see, as MMAJunkie reported yesterday, the Calgary Combative Sports Commission—a council of supposed experts and professionals that oversee our sport—have decided that his actions warrant neither a reprimand nor retraining.
In the course of their investigation, which clearly didn’t include video of the sub-two minute fight, they found Koivisto to be a man who “has always taken his ring official’s duties very seriously and conducts himself with a great deal of professionalism.”
So, that’s it, right? He’s a veteran referee who’s never shown himself to lack the knowledge required to oversee a mixed martial arts fight. Oh wait, he totally has…
Keyboard Kimura reports that Koivisto had previously taken and failed Referee Big John McCarthy’s COMMAND training course for MMA judges. That, coupled with his inaction in the Couture fight, should throw up a red flag that this guy isn’t sure of what he’s watching. Koivisto’s performance was unacceptable even for a new official; that he has nearly 400 MMA bouts under his belt isn’t reason to give him a pass- if anything it suggests that no amount of experience will mold him into an adequate official. Get your shit together, Calgary. If that’s not poor refereeing, what is?