Highly respected MMA referee Marc Goddard was shoved multiple times by a fighter after they caught their opponent in a submission during their bout on Friday. Goddard was refereeing a match between Ahmad Al Darmaki and Bogdan Kirilenko during UAE Warriors 12.
Darmaki locked in a rear-naked choke in the first round, forcing Kirilenko to tap. The tap prompted Goddard to stop the match, however Darmaki did not let go of the choke.
Goddard had to peel the fighter off of Kirilenko, and the two got into a heated argument that turned physical. Because Darmaki refused to let go when Goddard tried to stop the action, he was disqualified.
Watch the incident below:
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 31, 2020
The next day, Goddard took to Twitter:
All in a days work! 😊
Man, am I ready for home! I love the UAE, and it’s people. ❤️
— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) July 31, 2020
During a media event on Friday, UFC president Dana White said: “Something went down last night in Abu Dhabi, too, where Goddard got pushed. I want to make this very clear: If you work for me, and you approach a judge or a referee or any type of official, I will fire you. You will lose your job. You will never work for me again if you do that.”
Follow the Heavy on UFC Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!