PARIS – William Gomis got his first UFC finish, but it didn’t come without controversy.
After two rounds of a technical kickboxing-like match in their featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 226 on Saturday at Accor Arena, Gomis (13-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) landed a body kick on Yanis Ghemmouri (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in Round 3.
Ghemmouri, who was visibly in pain, reacted as though it landed low, but the referee deemed it a legal body kick. When Ghemmouri turned around and didn’t continue fighting, the referee waived the fight off for a TKO win for Gomis at the 2:20 mark of Round 3.
Check out the replay of Gomis’ finish below, which drew boos from the crowd (via Twitter):
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 2, 2023
The referee’s decision turned out to be pretty controversial among those in the MMA community, who aired grievances on social media in the minutes that followed.
— UFC (@ufc) September 2, 2023
Uh, did they wave it and the guy thought it was low? WTF?
— Luke Thomas🏋️♀️ (@lthomasnews) September 2, 2023
This ref sucks. That was a low blow
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 2, 2023
That looked like it at least made contact with the cup, which would mean it's a low blow.
The referee definitely should have just allowed the action to continue if he thought it wasn't low.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 2, 2023
100% a low shot. What is Bisping talking about?
Referee lost the plot. #UFCParis
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) September 2, 2023
I heard a “fight, fight” (screamed in a fighters second language, mind you), but I didn’t hear the ref say directly to the fighter “Can you continue?”
Regardless of legality of blow, that’s bad protocol right there. #UFCParis
— Dan Tom (@DanTomMMA) September 2, 2023
Do you think it was a low blow or a fair shot in the Gomis vs Ghemmouri fight? #UFCParis
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) September 2, 2023
Up-to-the-minute results of UFC Fight Night 226 include:
William Gomis def. Yanis Ghemmouri via TKO (body kick) – Round 3, 2:20
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 226.