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MMA twitter reacts to ‘worst referee in history’ at UFC 267

Fight fans witnessed arguably the most egregious display of MMA crafts today (Saturday, October 30, 2021) at UFC 267 live on ESPN + from inside the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

The incident occurred during the undercard fight between welterweight veteran Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and octagon newcomer Benoit Saint-Denis. After a close first round, dos Santos started to score Saint-Denis on the feet. The Brazilian unloaded everything he had and appeared to have inflicted enough damage to finish off Saint-Denis.

However, referee Vyacheslav Kiselev refused to step in to stop the fight in one of the worst referee performances ever. Dos Santos kept shooting and almost got tired of the whole outing. Saint-Denis ended up surviving and lasted the rest of the fight, but received about five years of punishment in his first UFC appearance.

To make matters worse was a point deduction handed out by Kiselev during the fight after dos Santos landed an illegal punch to the groin. No warning was given and considering this is the same referee who refused to stop the fight when dos Santos was hitting Saint-Denis, it was not a good image. In fact, Kiselev did such a poor job that he was removed from his scheduled duties for UFC 267’s main card opener between Magomed Ankalaev and Volkan Oezdemir.

As you may have guessed, the MMA community was not happy with the horrible craft. Each and everyone took to social media during and after the fight to show their displeasure. Check out the reaction below:

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