Austin Hubbard picked up one of the biggest wins of his career, but his LFA lightweight title win was sullied by some controversial officiating in the closing moments of the contest.

Hubbard defeated previously-unbeaten Brazilian contender Killys Mota in the finals seconds of their five-round lightweight title bout in the main event of LFA 56 in Prior Lake, Minnesota on Friday night.

His impressive title-winning performance was overshadowed by referee Joe Fipp, who inexplicably allowed the fight to continue way beyond the point most referees would call off the fight.  

One of the most respected officials in the world, British referee Marc Goddard, retweeted the video with his own reaction, saying: 

“People have no idea how much I’ve lambasted myself if I think a fighter took one maybe two shots too many under my watch, it’s a difficult game that few truly understand. But this, THIS breaks my heart, angers & infuriates all in one. Good God!”

Better to stop it too early, than too late. 

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