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03rd Mar 2018

Controversial finishes involving two Irish fighters on same card

Refereeing left a lot to be desired

Ben Kiely

Dylan Tuke

SBG fighters Frans Mlambo and Dylan Tuke had very different fortunes at Brave CF 10.

Will Fleury must have seen what happened to teammates Frans Mlambo and Dylan Tuke and been thankful that the referee didn’t step in for his fight. The Tipperary man maintained his pristine record by defeating Tarek Suleiman in Jordan. His unanimous decision victory saw him improve to 4-0 as a professional.

Mlambo also got a victory on the night but under less than ideal circumstances. He sent his opponent Felipe Efrain to the canvas in the opening round with a stiff right hand. As his adversary was descending, he caught him with at least one more shot.

It appeared as though Efrain went limp for a split-second, but he recovered and stood back up. After he regained his footing, the referee threw his arms around him and stopped the fight. Judging by Mlambo’s immediate reaction, even he was frustrated by the early stoppage.

Tuke’s follow-up to that stunning knockout win at BAMMA 32 in Dublin didn’t go according to plan. He will undoubtedly feel the most aggrieved amongst the Irish contingent competing on the card.

‘The Nuke’s first-round knockout loss to Sodiq Yusuff was very controversial. Tuke was dropped to the mat by a huge overhand right but was clearly defending himself intelligently when the referee intervened. He was actually in the middle of a single leg takedown when the referee decided to stop the fight.

Both Tuke and his teammate Luka Jelcic have criticised the standard of refereeing on Twitter. Tuke has vowed to appeal the result of the contest.