Urijah Faber shocked by controversial referee ruling, Chase Hooper v Viacheslav Borshchev, Esteban Ribovics eliminates Terrance McKinney, video, latest, updates

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UFC legend Urijah Faber was furious after referee Keith Peterson controversially ruled that Viacheslav had tapped Borshchev in his fight against Chase Hooper.

Hooper dominated Borshchev in the first round via knockdown and some slick wrestling, with all three judges scoring it 10-8.

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The second round was very much a continuation of the first, as Hooper eventually secured a takedown and unleashed ferocious elbows, leaving a golf ball-like edge on Borshchev’s head.

Hooper soon slipped into a D’arce choke and it looked like it wouldn’t be long before Borschchev succumbed to the submission.

But as he tried to escape, Borshchev slammed his hand on Hooper’s body as he tried to push the American’s hips away.

Unfortunately for Borschchev, Peterson saw it while tapping out and immediately waved off the fight, prompting vehement protests from the fighter who adamantly denied that he hadn’t tapped out.

Faber was not happy that the referee waved off the fight. Image: suppliedSource: supplied


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A camera angle of Faber, Borshchev’s coach, was also shown and he also saw that his student had not tapped.

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While there may have been controversy surrounding the finish, it saved Borshchev from further punishment as Hooper had him laid out on the ground.

Hooper’s victory came on the heels of Esteban Ribovics’ stunning knockout of Terrance McKinney within the first 40 seconds of their fight.

Ribovics’ carried a straight right from McKinney before pushing his rival to clear space as he threw a right before following it with a right leg kick that immediately crumpled his rival.

The knockout victory marked Ribovics’ seventh first-round finish of his career and improved his record to 13-1-0 as he looks to move up the lightweight rankings.

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