In all combat sports, the referee’s job is to keep both fighters safe. Often, that means inserting themselves in the thick of the action to the point that they themselves are at risk, and that risk led to an accident for one referee during a Muy Thai fight this week.
In the video below, a referee during a Muy Thai Arab Championship bout in Lebanon got a little too close to the action and paid the price, getting hit with an errant punch and going down immediately. Naturally, a commotion ensued: it’s not often that the person tasked with protecting the fighters ends up knocked out on the canvas.
Watch the clip below: