Just three weeks ago, Extreme Fighting Championship, the premier MMA organization in Africa, had one of its fighters succumb to injuries sustained on their February 27th show in Johannesburg. Booto Guylain, aged 29, passed away on March 5th after he was hospitalized for swelling and bleeding on the brain following a 3rd round TKO loss to Keron Davies.
Today's EFC Africa 28 saw all of its competitors wear black armbands in honor of Guylain. One of the fights that took place was heavyweight match-up between Christophe Walravens (4-1) and Bernado Mikixi (5-5). What you're about to see is one of the single most inept and dangerous moments of MMA refereeing you'll ever witness. Mikixi is dropped with a lumbering right hand, and Walravens proceeds to hit him with about a dozen unanswered shots to the back of the head. For reasons unknown, referee Wiekus Swart had zero interest in stopping the fight until Mikixi was lying on his back as Walravens shot a bewildered look at the ref: (GIF courtesy of GrabakaHitman)
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Obviously this should've been a disqualification within the first few shots to the back of the head, but instead it is officially marked as a TKO win. Swart obviously didn't warn Walravens at all about those highly dangerous illegal blows and Mikixi unfortunately had to suffer immensely for it. That is criminally inept and exactly the type of scenario that could result in the death of a fighter.
Swart should not be licensed to officiate any combat sport of any sort with this level of negligence and lack of knowledge of the rules. Yes, Walravens' repeated illegal blows are certainly poor on his part, but he was permitted by the referee to continue to fire away to the point where Walravens was wondering what it would take to stop the fight. This is appalling, indefensible, and I sincerely hope that Mikixi, who has now suffered 4 KO/TKO losses in 10 fights, is as "alright" as one can be after that scary sequence.