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This Week in Fighters Getting Knocked Unconscious Through the Ropes… [VIDEOS]

(Props: tadasjonkus via LiverKick)

Admit it — you like to see fighters get gruesomely hung out to dry once in a while. Our knockout of the day comes to us from a kickboxing show in Trieste, Italy, over the weekend, in which Tadas Jonkus knocks out Giuseppe Patane so thoroughly that Patane sloooowly tumbles out of the ring, head-first. The sight would almost be comical, if not for the fact that his landing surely added even more brain-damage to the concussion he already suffered from that blitz of punches. Arrivederci, my dude.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Albuquerque, boxing champion/MMA fighter Holly Holm suffered the first knockout loss of her career, eating it in the seventh round against Anne Sophie Mathis. The good news is, she didn’t fall on her head afterwards. The bad news is, she was basically K.O.’d through the ropes twice, due to a dangerously inept referee. Take a look…

(Props: alex007320)

Skip to the 3:26 mark to see Holm get clearly knocked out as she’s caught up in the ropes. The ref is kind enough to untangle her arm and send her out for more punishment, which Mathis is game enough to dish out. An ugly and unexpected loss for Jon Jones’s inter-gender sparring partner.

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Jugger- December 6, 2011 at 6:25 am
Holm looked to be the more technical fighter, but Mathis' range was just killing her. When she would ball up and get inside she would connect, when she would back up, Mathis would snipe the heck out of her. Sad to see a ref let a fighter, who is clearly out on her feet, take such punishment. First I was begging her corner to throw the towel, then I was begging the ref to wave it off. No dice. That ref just pressed the fast forward on Holm's punch-drunk Alzheimers.
warchief65- December 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm
And this is why boxing is going nowhere fast . If you can't protect your fighter , the ref isn't , when why are you in her corner ?
Todd M- December 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm
And people say that the kitchen is a dangerous workplace, Yeesh!
Sagiemonster52- December 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm
@BryanF ROFL!
Miles- December 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm
That second one was gruesome. Did the ref even look at her eyes or just go straight to throwin her back in there? That is probably the worst instance of reffing I've ever seen

And the first one is pretty bad too - worry about the fighter not waving the fight off after the winner already walked away...ugh
Kevin Marshall- December 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm
More than just a bad call, the ref in the second video ought to have his license revoked. Guys like that are a danger to other fighters and fighting sports as a whole.
BryanF- December 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Is there a sister city of stockton somewhere in France? Mathis was throwin' em up 209 style with her punches right before the KO.

Lastly, what the fuck is wrong with her corner? Sure the ref sucked, but Holly's corner should be just as responsible for that shit as well.
BryanF- December 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm
MediumRare- December 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Love the judge (or whoever the fuck he is) pushing the girl back through the ropes.
"Bitch, don't you dare bleed on my score sheet! And someone get me a wet wipe to clean the skank sweat off my jacket!"
TeilaTuliTooth- December 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Ditto for the other asshole. I've seen MEN's boxing matches stopped for way less than that. When one fighter goes from doing an impression of spider-woman to an impression of elasti-girl you DO NOT allow that fight to go on. Even Steve fuckin' Mazagatti puts these two dumbasses to shame.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Wow, boxing refs hum. The dude is falling head first into what I presume must be concrete and he keeps waving him in like a fuckin' air traffic controller. Get involved asshole.. protect the fighter!
menco- December 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Why is a dude pulling Holly's hair at the staredown? That must be som S&M-isht :P
HandsofGold- December 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm
The girls corner should have thrown in the towel geeeeez
HandsofGold- December 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Someone should have punched that ref in his fuckin mouth
NinjaVanish- December 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm
That first video is a perfect example of how WAGs manage to fly with matrix like speed up to their men faster than the officials lol. Good girl there.
El Guapo- December 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Kim Winslow Trailer Park Referee College & Meth Manufacturing graduate right there, playa.
Fried Taco- December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Nice job ref!! And kudos to the nice guy that pushes her back in the ring with his forearm.
Viva Hate- December 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Dude did a slow mo trust fall and still no one caught him, he must be a giant a-hole.