An accidental low blow caused referee Mike Beltran to try and separate two fighters during the Bellator 222 prelims. He ended up shoving one to the mat.
MMA official Mike Beltran has earned himself a spot on the Bellator 222 highlight reel, as he had to get involved in the matchup between Mike Kimbel and Sebastian Ruiz preliminary card bout and ended up shoving one man to the canvas.
The bantamweight contest was only about a minute old, and it was at this point where Ruiz had Kimbel against the cage wall in a clinch. Ruiz hit a knee, which accidentally hit Ruiz in the crotch. At that point, Beltran called time and had to separate both men to allow Ruiz some time to recover from the low blow.
What ends up happening is the strength of Beltran somehow causes Ruiz to stumble and fall to the cage canvas.
“Woah,” Bellator play-by-play commentator Mauro Ranallo simply said before eventually crackling into some laughter.
“How did that happen?” color commentator and former fellow referee “Big” John McCarthy asked seeing Ruiz fall to the canvas before seeing the low blow and separation.
Beltran is a very popular referee amongst the MMA community, mostly known for having one of the greatest mustaches the sport has ever seen. Given his big size and aggressive pursuit to separate the two, it may not be surprising he could easily separate two 135-pound fighters by himself.
But to see his separating causing a fighter to tumble to the mat in such a fashion, it’s quite the sight.
Kimbel ended up scoring a split-decision victory, with one judge giving the fight to Ruiz 29-28, while the other two scored the bout 30-27 in Kimbel’s favor.
Bellator 222 takes place on Friday, June 14, 2019, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who will be onsite for the event, for all your live results and highlights throughout the week.