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Video: Ryan Couture Takes a Nap, Fights On to a Draw at Tuff-N-Uff


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Ryan Couture (whose dad is this guy you may have heard of) fought for the Tuff-N-Uff 155-pound amateur title in Las Vegas over the weekend, and in a bizarre turn of events he managed to get briefly put to sleep and yet still come back to finish the fight.  Couture took on Eddie Bravo student Sean Bollinger, and while the Xtreme Couture fighter was getting the better of the stand-up for most of the fight, he found himself entangled in Bollinger’s rubber guard on several occasions. 

The most dangerous of those encounters came at the end of the second round, when Couture found himself locked in a triangle choke as the clock ticked down.  Watch closely at the 5:55 mark as Couture’s arms go limp just after the bell rings to signal the end of the round.  Bollinger sees him sleeping on the mat and jumps up to celebrate, thinking it’s all over, but Couture quickly comes to and the ref helps him into his corner to prepare for the final round.

The fight ended in a draw after the third, but we have to admit, it may have been one of the most exciting and technical amateur fights we’ve ever seen.  Couture is now expected to turn pro, and a rematch with Bollinger is probably in his future.  With five-minute rounds instead of three, using the round-ending bell as an alarm clock may not be such a great strategy.

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AussieJosh- March 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm
I also have a feeling if the names were reversed, the fight would have been called off! Id Love to know randys thoughts on that moment!
Scott- March 29, 2010 at 11:15 am
Bollinger has a school out in Riverside and a lot of his students came out in support.

A ref should never help a fighter up like that. If Couture was unable to go to his corner then the fight should be called.
worldchampwannabe- March 29, 2010 at 10:51 am
Bollinger was robbed. That was one hell of a fight though. Both of those guys will make a splash in the Pros.

On a side note, sounded like the crowd was there for Bollinger, either that or they wanted to see Couture get beat.
roachtbp- March 29, 2010 at 10:48 am
I'm sorry, but Bollinger got robbed.
Babs- March 29, 2010 at 10:40 am
Any cagepotato meathead would realize that fight was over. The crowd even reacted to Couture going limp. You know you're out of sorts as a ref if the crowd is following the action better than you--despite being 2 feet away from them.
ihateemo- March 29, 2010 at 10:38 am
Terrible, terrible call by the ref. His last name isn't Miragliotta is it?
whitey- March 29, 2010 at 10:26 am
^longest 1st ever.

lmfao at "conclusioned" there at the end. uhhhh hey mr. announcer dude, how about concluded or better yet, maybe try something a little more on your level like finished.
stingrza- March 29, 2010 at 9:55 am
Not only should that fight have been over according to standard MMA rules (just ask Thiago Silva), but it also should have been over according to basic concern for human safety.

That's a kid who got choked for 10 full seconds, the last few hard enough that the oxygen stopped flowing to his brain. And you're going to knowingly send him back out into a full-contact combat scenario? It's almost unconscionable.

Couture obviously acquitted himself well in the third, having recovered pretty well by about a minute in, but that's beside the point. And so is the argument people have made in the YouTube comments about fighters getting flash KO'ed and continuing... in those cases there is no referee cognizance of the situation. The guy pops back up before the ref ever realizes he was out. In this case, the ref actually has to help Couture to his feet.

I hate to say it, but if the names of the fighters were reversed, there would have been no third round to this fight. Tuff-N-Uff is a great promotion, arguably the best amateur MMA group in the country, but they need to seriously reconsider their promotional strategies if they're going to lead to situations like this one.
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