Low blow or legal kick? UFC Paris fight ending sparks controversy

PARIS – William Gomis got his first UFC finish, but it didn’t come without controversy.

After two rounds of a technical kickboxing-like match in their featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 226 on Saturday at Accor Arena, Gomis (13-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) landed a body kick on Yanis Ghemmouri (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in Round 3.

Ghemmouri, who was visibly in pain, reacted as though it landed low, but the referee deemed it a legal body kick. When Ghemmouri turned around and didn’t continue fighting, the referee waived the fight off for a TKO win for Gomis at the 2:20 mark of Round 3.

Check out the replay of Gomis’ finish below, which drew boos from the crowd (via Twitter):

The referee’s decision turned out to be pretty controversial among those in the MMA community, who aired grievances on social media in the minutes that followed.


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Up-to-the-minute results of UFC Fight Night 226 include:

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