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Referee allows fighter to pass out after tapping repeatedly during Turkish MMA event

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Much noise was made recently over the debacle concerning Kim Couture's last fight. If you haven't heard or watched the clip, Couture (ex-wife of Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Randy Couture) was caught in a scissor choke submission, and appeared to be out for up to ten seconds before the referee finally stopped the fight.

On Saturday night (Jul. 9), the Turkish mixed martial arts (MMA) organization "Fight Code" held an event in Istanbul, Turkey, which was mired by controversy. 

Below is a video clip of the fight in question. You can clearly see one of the fighters tapping repeatedly, before the fighter in top position finally just gets off of him. It's not until this point that the referee sees the unconscious participant and calls an end to the fight. 

It's hard to tell, because of the shaky-cam videography and the quickness of the hand movement, but it looks like the guy tapped about 17 times before he blacked out. Seriously. No exaggeration for effect. 17!

Anyway, here's the clip:

So what do you think Maniacs? What's it going to take before real change takes place?

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