Kim Couture

Kim Couture (Photo courtesy of

A bout between Kim Couture and Sheila Bird at AX Combat 1 on July 8 at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was recently under the microscope. Or rather, a questionable stoppage by referee Len Koivisto was under the microscope.

The stoppage in questions wasn’t for a fight that many felt was too quick, but for what many characterized as outrageously slow.

After the fight hit the mat in the opening round, Bird locked on a leg-scissors choke on her opponent. After a few moments, Couture’s legs and arms went limp, an obvious sign that she had been choked out. Several seconds passed after Couture fell limp before Koivisto checked on her and stopped the bout.

Couture remained down on the canvas for a few moments after the choke was released, but she was revived and stood up to wave to the crowd in Canada.

Many at the fight were calling for Koivisto’s head, but Couture wasn’t among them.

“I’m fine,” Couture told the following day. “I woke up and I thought the fight was still going on. Once I realized what was happening, I stood up and waved to the crowd, but I’m fine.”

The Calgary Combative Sports Commission did conduct a formal review of the stoppage, ultimately rendering a decision in support of Koivisto.

“As standard practice, debriefing meetings are always held amongst commission members and officials following any supervised combative sports event held in Calgary,” read a statement from the Calgary commission on Thursday. “The committee discussed the call made by the official for the Couture vs. Bird bout. It was determined that a formal review would be conducted of the circumstances surrounding that call.

“After an in-depth investigation, the Calgary Combative Sports Commission members rendered a decision to support the official, Mr. Len Koivisto. No further action or investigations into the officiating of Mr. Koivisto will be required by the Commission.

“Mr. Koivisto has been involved in the combative sports industry for close to 40 years, the last 23 in various officiating capacities. He is a well respected boxing referee (nationally and internationally) and has officiated MMA (nationally) for several years in various jurisdictions in close to 400 matches without incident. He has always taken his ring official’s duties very seriously and conducts himself with a great deal of professionalism.”

You can watch the stoppage in question in the video below…

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Count Max Holloway Among Nick Diaz Defenders: ‘It’s a Bunch of BS’

  • 24 days ago

Featherweight contender Max Holloway became the most recent fighter to speak out about Nick Diaz’ five-year suspension for testing positive for marijuana. read news >>

Pongsiri Mitsatit Cements Prospect Status With Another Stoppage Win At FMD 7

  • 25 days ago

Top Thai prospect Pongsiri Mitsatit demonstrated why he is being touted as a future strawweight champion with a quickfire win at Full Metal Dojo 7. read news >>

New Jersey experimenting with soundproof judges' booths? Here are the photos

  • 26 days ago

Remember how New Jersey’s state athletic commission planned to experiment with soundproof booths for judges? Well, here are the photos.Filed under: News read news >>

'Big' John McCarthy discusses reffing brutal bout between Lawler and MacDonald

  • 28 days ago

'Big' John McCarthy had the responsibility of acting as referee for one of the most brutal fights in UFC history when Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald met at UFC 189. Despite the brutality, McCarthy read news >>

Nick Diaz settlement talks suggest commission went too far with suspension (Yahoo Sports)

  • 28 days ago

From Yahoo Sports: The penalty was an egregious abuse of power for which the responsible commissioners should be held accountable. read news >>

Nick Diaz settlement talks suggest commission went too far with suspension (Yahoo Sports)

  • 28 days ago

From Yahoo Sports: The penalty was an egregious abuse of power for which the responsible commissioners should be held accountable. read news >>

Rousimar Palhares suspended two years, fined 40k for holding WSOF 22 submission

  • 28 days ago

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to suspend ex-WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares two years and issue a $40,000 fine – in addition to court costs – for holding a read news >>

Caio Magalhaes Sentenced for Blood-Spitting Incident

  • 28 days ago

UFC fighter Caio Magalhaes went before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Thursday to learn his sentencing for a blood-spitting incident at TUF 21 Finale on July 12. read news >>

VIDEO: Culinary Union Floods Commission Meeting to Support Nick Diaz

  • 28 days ago

In a surprise move at the Oct. 29 Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, a throng of Culinary Union members flooded the room to show support for Nick Diaz. read news >>

Wanderlei Silva re-hearing with Nevada commission continued after document miss

  • 28 days ago

A procedural snafu delayed Wanderlei Silva’s re-hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, pushing it back to the next meeting when his lawyer complained that a document wasn’t provided to read news >>