Calgary AC investigating ref in Kim Couture fight

by Damon Martin | source:

Strikeforce fighter Kim Couture and Sheila Bird fought at AX Combat 1, this weekend in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

After hitting the mat, Bird locked on a leg scissor choke on her opponent and after a few moments, her legs and arms went limp, an obvious sign that she had been choked out. (2:00 min mark below)  The referee takes several long seconds to finally check on Couture and stop the bout.

Speaking with on Saturday, Couture said that she was physically just fine following the fight, and reports that she was injured or badly hurt from the fight were all false.

Despite Couture’s health following the fight, the Calgary Commission will be investigating the situation after the referee in the fight seemingly made a dangerously bad call by not stopping the fight earlier.

“This matter is under review by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and until a thorough investigation has been conducted there will be no further comment,” said Commission representative Shirley Stunzi in an email communication with on Sunday.

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joe bruce site profile image  

7/28/11 2:52 AM by joe bruce

wheres the vid where she was kicking and shit

Kanabull site profile image  

7/11/11 8:21 PM by Kanabull

One thing is for sure, it doesn't look so bad anymore after the other couple of fucking reffing travesties that have taken place in the last week.

formulate site profile image  

7/11/11 8:13 PM by formulate

the calgary commission could give a fuck about fighters. Couture should have tapped. she didn't die and i doubt she would even if that happened another 100 times.i think the choke out was barely controversial and just happened on a slow news week.

RedVexx site profile image  

7/11/11 6:02 PM by RedVexx

Wow this guy has been involved in MMA for over 8 years and still cant tell if someone is out or not? What a complete fool this guy is. I had never seen that sub either but could still tell Kim was out.

keepthechange site profile image  

7/11/11 1:33 PM by keepthechange

Fuck trying to approach the issue with some reason... this lynch mob wants some blood

PR site profile image  

7/11/11 1:22 PM by PR

Well the commentators couldn't tell Kim was out either?

keepthechange site profile image  

7/11/11 1:16 PM by keepthechange

You seem to be extremely hot headed and irrational, people make mistakes. a suspension might be in order but to demand this man gets stripped of his career and well being over a single mistake seems harsh.... but keep on spewing your ignorant drivel, because its really helping the matter.

elbowgoouch site profile image  

7/11/11 1:15 PM by elbowgoouch

The convulsing is pretty common when people get choked out, can be unsettling to watch but it's not as bad as the noises people make while they regain consciousness sometimes.

Neil Funk site profile image  

7/11/11 1:07 PM by Neil Funk

 to be fair, it can be called convulsing due to the movement but I don't think it is in the "seizure" sense of the word, I think it is more a reaction to the blood re-entering the brain, sort of thrashing in the last vestiges of consciousness a la a deer kicking while trapped in the mouth of a lion. Grand-mal seizures that I've seen don't look much like that, more of a continuous twitching, not so short. wasn't there a guy who got choked out in the UFC who spasmed the same way within the last few years? I seem to remember seeing that somewhere. I want to say it was Leben vs Rosholt? 

elbowgoouch site profile image  

7/11/11 12:57 PM by elbowgoouch

Len Kovisto, the ref in question has been involved in mma for at least 8-9 years. He was the first boxing referee in our area who believed that boxing refs should get educated about the sport and help it grow. Len was visiting mma gyms for a while to learn about submissions and positioning and seemed to be avid about learning and excited to see mma gain provincial acceptance and sanctioning. He's reffed many bouts with my athletes involved and been on point and professional every time. In short he's one of the good guys in the sport in our area who was marginally late on a call. I'd have no problem with him in the cage during my athlete's fights.If only there was some mechanism the athlete had, wherein they could signal they were in distress and needed to halt the bout for their own safety.