ByAmy Kaplan, writer at
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Amy Kaplan

People often forget that a referee is vulnerable inside a cage or ring, and are often as close to the action as the fighters themselves. Unfortunately, this referee learned that lesson the hard way.

This weekend, at the at a Muay Thai event in Lebanon, a referee identified only as the "Syrian referee" by fellow referee Marven Kayruz, was knocked out by a wild, spinning backfist that landed perfectly — on the wrong guy.

Kayruz stepped in for his downed colleague, and the fight resumed.


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