Video: Referee dropped by stray punch, forced out of fight


Referee Wiekus Swart regrettably found himself in the center of the action on Saturday.

In the main event of Extreme Fighting Championship 93 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ziko Magengele threw a wild punch after the first round bell that caught Swart square in the head as Swart was attempting to break up the fighters.

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The shot was intended for Magengele’s opponent Martin von Staden, but instead Magengele landed a clean left hook on Swart that immediately dropped the referee to the canvas. Swart is seen getting up on his own power as the fighters return to their corners, but according to Twitter user @Grabaka_Hitman, Swart was removed and replaced.

MMA Fighting reached out to EFC Worldwide representatives for an update about Swart’s health.

Magengele’s punches eventually found the correct mark in Round 3 as he finished von Staden with a combination to capture a vacant welterweight title and improve his pro record to 4-0.

EFC Worldwide 93 is available to stream on