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Unconscious Fighter ‘Saw Death’ After Ref Let Choke Go On For 90 Secs

Melquizael Costa explains what it was like after a referee almost let him get choked to death during a Demolidor Fight event in Brazil.

Back in the ‘60s, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram put together a controversial experiment to see how far the average person can be pushed into behaving unethically if prompted by someone in a position of authority. Subjects were placed in a room and prompted by scientists to press a button delivering electrical shocks to an unseen victim. The number of people who followed those prompts even as the (fake) victim screamed was disturbingly high.

In MMA, we sometimes see a different sort of Milgram experiment. A fighter has defeated their opponent, yet the referee isn’t stepping in. Will the fighter stop attacking his defenseless victim or wait until the referee stops the fight?

The latest terrible example of this came in the main event of Brazil’s Demolidor Fight main event this past weekend. Rafael Barbosa put Melquizael Costa to sleep in a choke, only to have the ref not realize the fight was over. Watch:

As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, now MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz has some words from Costa.

“He locked the anaconda choke, and when I turned to the wrong side, I went out,” Costa told MMA Fighting. “The first thing I remember is opening my eyes and seeing my coaches and a doctor over me, calling my name, and I couldn’t breathe. It was agonizing. I only came back to normal when I got to the hospital and they gave me some serum.”

“I saw in the video that I went out and my eyes were open,” Costa said. “You might think I’m awake, but I was already out. I moved a couple of times, but I was having seizures. My corner and his corner yelled that I was out, but the referee said he would only stop the fight if I was out. And I was! Every referee touches the fighter to see if they are out, but he never touched me. My opponent stopped the fight. Otherwise, I would be dead.”

“My wife is still in shock,” Costa said. “My wife and friends were watching the fight online and they cut the stream when that happened, and everyone was in shock because they didn’t know what happened. I saw death so close. My opponent let me go, otherwise I would be dead if I had to wait for the referee. It was horrible. It was agonizing for me when I came back because I couldn’t breathe.”

The referee involved has already announced his decision to retire, which is probably not a terrible idea given how badly things almost turned out in this situation.

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Dana White Claims UFC Now ‘Worth $7 Billion’ After TV, Streaming Deal with ESPN

William Morris Endeavor and International Management Group (WME-IMG) bought the UFC from Zuffa in the summer of 2016 for more than $ 4 billion. While the new ownership group is now simply known as Endeavor, its investment might be more valuable than ever.
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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Mark Henry Explains Relationship With Dustin Poirier After Confrontation at UFC Calgary

Mark Henry, one of the most respected coaches in MMA, has spoken about the friction between himself and Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and what transpired after the fight at UFC Calgary last month between Poirier and his fighter Eddie Alvarez.
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UFC Interim Welterweight Champ Colby Covington Breaks Silence After UFC 228 Snub

Current Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight interim champion Colby Covington has been uncharacteristically quiet since the UFC announced that he would not be fighting champion Tyron Woodley next month at UFC 228, and that Woodley would instead be fighting Liverpool’s Darren Till.
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UFC Interim Welterweight Champ Colby Covington Breaks Silence After UFC 228 Snub

Current Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight interim champion Colby Covington has been uncharacteristically quiet since the UFC announced that he would not be fighting champion Tyron Woodley next month at UFC 228, and that Woodley would instead be fighting Liverpool’s Darren Till.
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UFC 227 Fighter Undergoing Surgery After Multiple Eye Pokes

August 4th was a tough night for new UFC featherweight fighter Matt Sayles. Not only did the Tuesday Night Contender alumn lose his fight against Sheymon Moraes 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards, he also took four eye pokes during the bout.

Of course, this is MMA, so do you even have to ask whether the referee punished Moraes for those pokes? No you don’t, because of course the ref didn’t. And now Sayles is undergoing laser eye surgery to repair a torn retina. Via ESPN+’s Ariel & The Bad Guy:

Sayles knocked out Yazan Hajeh just 1:57 into their fight on the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and was quickly added to the UFC 227 less than two months later. Now he’ll have to take some time off to let the retina in his right eye heal.

Once again we have to wonder how long it’ll be until something even more serious than a torn retina is suffered by a fighter. As with issues like extreme weight cutting, it seems like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. And who can we blame? Responsibility falls to the patchwork of state commissions, so getting one to fix things isn’t about to fix it everywhere.

As they say, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Let’s hope it doesn’t take something that severe for eye pokes to finally start being punished.

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