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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 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.

That glazed over look in Kim’s eyes did nothing to draw to his attention that she was out, nor did her right leg sliding to the mat as conscious control of her muscles slowly gave way to the forces of gravity. He was given another chance as her left leg followed suit, but again Couture was guilty of subtly drifting off into the dream world instead of desperately reaching out to the heavens toward a god that would not save her. Still uncertain if she was finished, he employs the widely accepted “sleeper hold” test, raising Couture’s arm thrice to see if it drops. Apparently, the crowd did not cheer for her loudly enough, as she was unable to rally back on the third arm-lift, and he finally, mercifully called a halt to the fight more than ten seconds after “Sugar Free” had gone limp. Kim was said to have convulsed in the ring and it took more than a minute for her to regain consciousness. This is some of the most inept and dangerous refereeing I recall in quite some time and if Cloivisto is not removed from duty I hope that he is at the very least censured and retrained. It looked like Couture was no worse for wear when she eventually came to, but no fighter should have to step in the ring worried that they won’t be protected should they not be able to protect themselves.


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Jesus Frijoles- July 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm
I think they call that move the Muff Lock.
youenjoyzedella- July 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm
I disagree... The ref in Dan Severn's last fight was way, way worse.
Fedor Penn- July 11, 2011 at 11:19 am
Also the dumbass ref waves his hands to say the fight is over before he tells Bird to release the choke. That guy needs to be fired along with Cecil Peoples.
Fried Taco- July 11, 2011 at 8:42 am
Wow! I was able to enhance the audio, and after Sugar Free finally wakes up, you can hear her asking "where's my husband, Randy?"
Fried Taco- July 11, 2011 at 8:31 am
After watching the MMACanadaNews version of the video, you can clearly see the ref grabbing her ass at 2:45. So I agree with dthrckt.
NotReadyStatus- July 11, 2011 at 5:30 am
That was kind of horrific. Ref, please choke yourself!

Big ups on Sugarfree's combat panties though! If we can't convince the ladies to fight in Joe Son tigerstripe thong and makeup (A look which should be serving him well in lockup), then this is a decent compromise.
BeefcurtainBurp- July 11, 2011 at 12:54 am
How did that many people fit into one kitchen?

Dear Kim,
Kindest Regards,
Your Dentist & Neurologist
Crazy Croat- July 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm
my God, even I saw when the first legt went numb, then when the second leg went numb...
MMANewsCanada- July 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm
This is interviews done after with the first one Sheila and the second Kim.
GrandShamrock- July 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm
I know what happened, hear me out. He reffed all his life man fights, but now, as women MMA starts to grow, he saw himself in the necessity of reffing women too, but he forgot he is a virgin himself, and that he never touched a woman, neither he possessed the courage to do so, so when this happened, he tried to get past his insecurities and fears, he started just by touching not even the naked hand of a woman, but the glove, ok, so he was praying she wasn't out, so the situation wouldn't force him to actually touch and separate them with HIS OWN HANDS, but she was out, so instead of separating them, he thought of just waving the fight off, and when the other woman gave up the submission, he was so reliefed he was brave enough from the adrenaline rush to finally touch kim couture's sking to see if she was ok after all.
MMANewsCanada- July 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm
This shows more of what happen, Kim doing the funky chicken!!
FaH Q NL15- July 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm
The scumbag waved his hands in the air signalling the end of the fight instead of stopping it first.. must be a WWE ref.
dthrckt- July 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm
I think the ref was thinkin what I was - nice her red panties...hmmm, I'd do her if she didn't talk...or move...or breath...hey HERE'S MY CHANCE!
brade1584- July 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm
does her eye start to bleed while he's checking her dead arm?
kinky friend- July 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm
damn.. kinds tight culo in those red spandex made me uyyy
intercept440- July 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm
necrophyte , ive seen her ass in real life here in vegas, yea it good to look at, but it aint special, i see hotter sluts at the pool at the hard rock daily, that make kim cotoure look like larry hagman in comparison
Sloppyspray- July 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm
The ref should have called it way before this happened, but I think Kim's convulsion may have freaked the ref out into thinking that she was still conscious. Almost like Hulk Hogan keeping his hand up and shaking his fist on the third arm drop by the ref hah It almost looks like she flicks her arm out trying to escape (which is really her convulsing)
Miles- July 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm
wow, that Reed Miller one that rkmvg posted is even worse if you ask me. you could even hear people telling the ref for about 8 seconds 'Hes out ref' and they didn't even start saying it when he actually went unconscious...
Get Off Me- July 10, 2011 at 11:55 am
I feel like eating a hot roast beef sandwich.
NECROPHYTE- July 10, 2011 at 11:42 am
I am the only one that noticed she had a nice ass and set of legs on her?!! You guys are fagz.
darciesdaddy- July 10, 2011 at 11:41 am
Not sure on this one, so I'm tossing out the question; Isn't the arm check legitimate, but in actual competition, only ONCE? As in, if they are unconscious the first time their arm drops, why check two more times?
RaginAsian- July 10, 2011 at 11:30 am
Had this happened to anyone but Yoko Couture, I might be outraged. As it is, I'm mildly perturbed.
Ballkick- July 10, 2011 at 11:01 am
I was at this event and even though I was at the very back of the room havin my fourth Rye/Coke I knew she was out before her first leg dropped, The Ref in question was undeniably neglectful in his duties, and should be sanctioned in some way. The Calgary Commission needs to review this and make some sort of decision regarding this ref's poor judgement.
My gym is very hesitant to fight in our own home town due to inadequacies in the Commission but honestly these ref's are usually the same guys no matter where you fight in our Province.
Still congrats to Sheila, I believe you will see her Stateside soon at bigger shows as the girls JJ is world class.
rkmvg- July 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

this was pretty bad too......
mynameisalsoben- July 10, 2011 at 10:51 am
"...above all else, protect yourself at all times, regardless of the circumstance."
So in all fairness, he did warn them that even if you're choked completely unconscious you still have to protect yourself.