In what was seemingly a first in UFC history, Ricky Simon was awarded a TKO victory at UFC Fight Night 128 despite his opponent making it past the final bell of their bantamweight fight.
Merab Dvalishvili (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) was arguably getting the better of Simon until the late stages of the preliminary card matchup at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Then Simon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) applied a guillotine choke, which was locked in for roughly the final 40 seconds of the fight.
Although Dvalishvili did not tap, the referee deemed him unable to continue at the 5:00 mark of Round 3. Simon was awarded the win by TKO, sending the MMA community into a fit of confusion. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to the bizarre situation.
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