VIDEO | Frightening moment occurs as fighter held in choke for too long

Being a referee in a mixed martial arts competition is not an easy job that comes with a lot of criticism.

Refs often get scrutinized if they stop a fight in what some may view as either too early or too late. Under certain circumstances, it is tough for the referee to make the best judgment all in the heat of the moment while at other times viewers have questioned the officiating calls in utter disbelief.

Here, we take a look at a frightening incident from The UGB13 MMA: Foreign Invasion featherweight title between Ahmed Mujtaba and Rodian Menchaves that took place earlier this year.


Mujtaba and Menchaves battled in the first round of their title fight where Mujtaba was able to establish his ground game against his Filipino opponent. Mujtaba attempted to finish Menchaves with a guillotine and transitioned to the mount position. The fighter from Pakistan landed some big shots from the mount position and was eventually able to get the back of Menchaves and attacked with a rear-naked choke.

As the two fighters battled for position, referee Arnel Lomibao looked on from different angles. The referee looked to see if Menchaves was still in the fight as the fighter’s arm eventually was stuck under his body after being flattened out with Mujtaba on his back.

The choke gets held for quite some time as it appears that Menchaves was choked unconscious without any movement in his body. The referee eventually sees the signs that Menchaves was unconscious and pulled Mujtaba off to call an end to the championship title fight.

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The commentators calling the fight also were unaware that Menchaves was choked out unconscious until Mujtaba was pulled off. The commentators mention that they thought Menchaves was controlling the choking arm of Mujtaba, which apparently was not the case.

What are your thoughts on the refereeing in the UGB MMA title fight between Ahmed Mujtaba and Rodian Menchaves? Let us know in the comment section!