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Celine Haga chokes out Amy Montenegro at buzzer, loses bout at Invicta 21

Celine Haga choked her opponent out. And still somehow lost the fight.

Haga locked in a rear-naked choke at the end of the third round against Amy Montenegro at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday night in Kansas City. Montenegro went unconscious, but referee Greg Franklin didn’t known until the bell sounded when he separated the two.

Rather than the fight being called a submission win for Haga, Franklin sent it to the judges. Montenegro ended up winning the bout by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

The controversial finish caused Twitter to explode, some blasting Franklin for not noticing that Montenegro was out prior to the buzzer.

Legendary referee John McCarthy told MMA Fighting on Saturday night that the rule is if the fight finishes with an athlete unconscious in a submission, the result is a submission victory for the athlete applying the submission.

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