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Video Evidence: Worst. Referee. Ever.

On a slow Sunday, we’ll often loosen the strict criteria we normally use to separate the wheat from the chaff. A short list of some of the “freakish” things that will often make their way to the site once we’ve lowered our usually-high standards: Kim Couture getting beat up; video of a rarely seen submission; a failure of referring so severe that it would make Cecil Peoples blush. Today, however, you won’t have to settle on any one of those things. Behold, we bring you all three in one incredible video.

Kim Couture took on Sheila Bird in the “co-main event” of Friday night’s AX Combat 1 card. Few punches were thrown and even fewer landed in the opening minute of the bout before Bird attempted to throw Couture from the clinch. It’s not clear if the throw was ill-performed or if Kim has been working on her Judo, but either way they end up on the ground with Sheila in guard and Kim working for a triangle. Bird worked her way to north-south where she rained down multiple heavy hammerfists en route to locking in a leg scissor choke. This choke was in deep from the onset, and Kim had hardly any time or ability to work for an escape before passing out. Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this choke in MMA, it still seems more at home in a professional wrestling match. Perhaps also feeling nostalgic for the WWF’s heyday, the official for this bout–Len Cloivisto–does his best impression of a pro wrestling referee.