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Outrage of the Day: No Action Taken Against Kim Couture-Sheila Bird Referee Len Koivisto

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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?

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Ricardo Guitardo- February 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm
I can't understand him he is speaking canada again.
gelynch52ph- November 8, 2011 at 12:32 am
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ccman- July 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I dunno, she was blatently out for 6 seconds before the ref checked her. was probably gone for a few prior. nevermind he wasn't vocal or even in close watching. I wouldn't say fired but definitly retrained.
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noahnasty- July 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Not sure exactly what you meant by that, I'm assuming you're a slow person. You do know that when a fighter holds on a choke they don't let go till the referee tells them to, a fighter would never notice his/her opponent is out from a choke then ground and pound his/her face in. Now if you're talking about the referee letting a fight continue while an opponent was KO'd I understand but that's not what happened there and I doubt any referee would let a fighter get KO'd completely then allow punches to thier face for over 20 seconds. That never happened once in the sport.
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intercept440- July 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm
@jspank i have been into MMA since 94, i was never mad, i was laughing. i only threw in the hockey stats to needle you cause you called me a ignorrant dink who had no facts...... i laughed again.
orignal post was a joke,you should have saw that.
oh and i also threw in a disclaimer about not insulting my CP canadien homies in as well.. (referance first post)..
if ya got mad, not my issue
i fuck a canadien everynight.
cause she is my wife.
what else ya want?
you obvoisly dont see all the canada /america bashing we CP nation members always do to each other for fun.

nmunto said it best..
5th post in

Steampunk22 i know im either feeding the troll or i am the troll in this thread... im bored guy, its what happens when you work for 3 weeks straight and aren't looking forward to next 6weeks till a day off comes. cp is about the only MMA site i like that isnt blocked by company filter...
im trying to entertain myself... if ben or rex would just put up some pics of that big assed brazil chick it wouldnt be to hard to do
jspank- July 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm
intercept440 take it easy i was just saying its not because it was in canada, shit happens everywhere canada, the states, anywhere its "fans" like you that got into mma just because forrest and bonner had a good fight that make it country vs country, riots happen everywhere for many reasons. Do I think this douche ref should be punted from mma all together, yes, does it matter where he is from,or where the incident happened, no. i was just saying why call down canada, of coarse its gonna piss me off, just like my comments pissed you off.
CrushCo- July 24, 2011 at 9:52 am
FaH Q: Yeah, exactly. She survived, so what's the big deal?
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FaH Q NL15- July 24, 2011 at 9:40 am
LOL, soooo he should only be punished is he lets that choke go for another 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Lesson learned, let it riiide
CrushCo- July 24, 2011 at 9:34 am
@Noahnasty: Did Couture almost die in the cage? No, probably not. Does the referee missing something so incredibly obvious cause concern that he'd do it again in another event, like say when someone's out cold and getting bludgeoned? Yes, probably so.
noahnasty- July 24, 2011 at 9:25 am
Cagepotato I love you, but in this article your research was obviously done poorly. If you read this article by you'll see that even though this referee might have a poor sense of when the opponent actually went out, he still did stop the fight in plenty of time before any serious damage was caused. Basically what you saw looked worse than what actually happened.
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rangerrexxx- July 24, 2011 at 6:53 am
The "Ref's" incompetence aside, Kim "Couture" has NO BUSINESS being in a cage! And Randy needs to find a legal remedy to get her to stop using his last name!
elksnyper- July 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm
To be one top of her game, Kim was trained by Hulk Hogan for the match.

The Ref knew this and just wanted to make sure she wasnt gonna make a 'HULK from the 80s' type of comeback.
mooey231- July 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm
id sign somthing saying that guy cant ref again someone higher up at this website should do somthing about this!
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steampunk22- July 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Don't feed the troll.
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