The founder and leader of ACA just disqualified both fighters of a Lightweight Grand Prix tournament bout due to lack of action.
In a finish unlike anything seen in Mixed Martial Arts, both fighters of a contest were disqualified for timidity by the founder of the promotion itself.
Before the start of the fifth round of the bout between Ali Bagov and Rashid Magomedov at ACA 141, Mairbek Khasiev, the founder and head honcho of Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), entered the cage and declared the fight over.
Khasiev cited excessive passivity as the cause of both fighters’ disqualification. Officially, the bout will end as a no-contest.
Mairbek Khasiev, founder and leader of Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), disqualified both participants of a fight for being to boring
Before the start of the fifth round, both Bagov and Magomedov were brought to the center of the cage alongside the referee.
Khasiev can then be seen on the brief video, approximately 20 seconds in length, waving off the fight himself before the referee does the same and both fighters shake hands.
The bout was a semifinal contest in ACA’s Lightweight Grand Prix, the winner scheduled to meet Artem Reznikov in the tournament final.
There is no word yet on what this means for the Grand Prix.
Bagov, a longtime veteran of ACA, entered the fight on a three-fight win streak and won 10 of his last 11.
Magomedov entered the tournament bout off a loss to Alexander Sarnavskiy and with three losses in his last five fights.
ACA 141 took place on July 22 from DS Bolshoy Adler Arena in Sochi, Russia. The event was headlined by an interim featherweight championship contest between Felipe Froes and Alikhan Suleymanov.