UFC fighter tries to fight referee after waking up from vicious knockout

A disoriented Sam Patterson had to be physically restrained by referee Marc Goddard suffering a vicious knockout defeat to Yanal Ashmoz at UFC 286.

With both men making their debuts for the promotion, Ashmoz produced a sensational finish in the first round of their lightweight contest, flooring the English fighter with a huge overhand right at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

Ahmoz swarmed in to land a series of heavy shots on the ground to end the fight.

A clearly hurt Patterson then tried to climb to his feet, seemingly unaware the fight had finished.

He then appeared to try and grabble referee Goddard who was clearly concerned for the fighter’s well-being after taking such heavy damage.

The 26-year-old continued trying to fight on as Ashmoz celebrated in the ring with his team and medical staff tending to him.

It was Patterson’s first defeat in the cage since November 2017.

Patterson and Ashmoz were fighting on the undercard of Leon Edwards’ welterweight title defence against Kamaru Usman in the capital.

Earlier on the card, Muhammad Makoev extended his unbeaten run, surviving a late armbar attempt to get the win over Jafel Filho.

Jack Hadley also picked up a win on home soil, knocking out Malcolm Gordon in the first round of their contest.

Lerone Murphy also came out victorious in his close contest with Gabriel Santos, clinching a tight split decision.

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