VIDEO | Fighter gets knocked out and wakes up and fights referee

December 12, 2016 10:50 am by Russell Ess
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Being a referee in combat sports can sometimes be a dangerous job as the ref is the only one in the cage or ring with the two combatants.

Sometimes accidents happen where the official is caught by a punch or kick on accident, trying to break up an exchange with the round ending or calling an end to a fight.

Here, we take a look at a fight from the Trench Warz 20 event that took place in Saipan over the weekend where referee Frank Camacho was the official in the cage for a wild fight.

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An illegal soccer kick was thrown to a downed opponent and puts the competitor out. After Camacho stopped the fight and made sure the competitor that threw the illegal soccer kick did not continue any further offense, he turned around to find the downed opponent back up on his feet and throwing a flurried attack at him.

Camacho explained the situation on social media with a video of the incident.

“I had the honor of being one of the refs for Trench Warz 20 this past weekend. I had one of the best experiences as a ref and martial arts competitor with this fight in particular. These guys were getting after each other right off the bat. With all the adrenaline running an illegal kick was thrown to the down opponent as you see in the footage. Usually fighters cover their heads and pretend to be in antagonizing pain to sway a disqualification win. This fighter was totally opposite of that. He was GAME! He had the Chamorro Islander fighting spirit and had no giving up in him even after getting dazed. I just happened to be in front of him as he got back up! LOL. It was an amazing night of fights! Si Yu’us Maase @ifamiliaku_mass and the fighters for putting on an amazing show! Yamato Damashii in full effect! LONG LIVE THE ISLAND WARRIORS!”

I had the honor of being one of the refs for Trench Warz 20 this past weekend. I had one of the best experiences as a ref and martial arts competitor with this fight in particular. These guys were getting after each other right off the bat. With all the adrenaline running an illegal kick was thrown to the down opponent as you see in the footage. Usually fighters cover their heads and pretend to be in antagonizing pain to sway a disqualification win. This fighter was totally opposite of that. He was GAME! He had the Chamorro Islander fighting spirit and had no giving up in him even after getting dazed. I just happened to be in front of him as he got back up! LOL. It was an amazing night of fights! Si Yu'us Maase @ifamiliaku_mass and the fighters for putting on an amazing show! Yamato Damashii in full effect! LONG LIVE THE ISLAND WARRIORS!

A video posted by Frank Camacho (@frankthecrank) on

Fortunately, Camacho was able to keep his cool and was able to stop the fighter from throwing any more strikes and calmed the fighter down explaining the situation.

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