UFC 254 viewers fume as referee MISSES Justin Gaethje tapping to Khabib Nurmagomedov leaving him out cold in huge gaffe

UFC fans are furious that the referee MISSED Justin Gaethje tapping out against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The American challenger was choked out in the second round of the lightweight showdown on Fight Island.

Khabib – who retired after the win – submitted his opponent with an incredible triangle choke.

Gaethje appeared to tap out several times before the referee – who was within touching distance of the fighters – even realised.

Referee Jason Herzog eventually stepped in to stop the fight as Gaethje was unconscious on the canvas.

One fan said: "How did the ref not see Gaethje tap? Literally blind. Otherwise, great fight."

Another Twitter user said: "The referee was literally right there, how did he miss that?"

And one stunned viewer said: "Referee missed the tap. That can't happen."

One fan commented: "Gaethje tapped a couple times but the referee ignored the taps and he fell asleep."

But Gaethje, who now has a record of 22-3-0, was back on his feet shortly after.

And the American consoled Khabib in the middle of the Octagon as he was reduced to tears after the win.

It was the first time Khabib has fought since the death of his father Abdulmanap passed away in July.

After the UFC 254 main event, Conor McGregor sent a classy message to the undefeated Russian.

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