VIDEO: Referee’s terrible decision leads to Zuluzinho faceplanting into canvas after vicious knockout

Imagine you’re in a dominant mount position working on a submission attempt only to have the referee stand up you and your opponent. Then imagine within seconds of the reset you’re on the receiving end of a brutal knockout and face down on the canvas.

That’s unfortunately what happened to Zuluzinho against Petr Romankevich on Saturday at AMC Fight Nights Global 114 in Minsk, Belarus.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s the video of the baffling and brutal sequence of events (via Twitter):

Why the referee decided to stand up Zuluzinho and Romankevich is anyone’s guess. All we know is that he owes “Zulu” an apology.

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