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Neil Magny on Hector Lombard non-stoppage: ‘The ref is supposed to be there to protect the fighter’

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If there was any lingering doubt about Neil Magny’s status as an elite welterweight, it got put to rest at UFC Fight Night 85. Despite fighting in enemy territory, Magny became the first man to finish Hector Lombard, stopping the wearied veteran with a salvo of third-round strikes at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

However the end of the fight should have come far sooner.

With 90 seconds left in round two, Magny (18-4) mounted Lombard and began unloading a hellacious series of over 100 unanswered strikes. An exhausted and battered Lombard put up no defense other than to give up his back or allow Magny to reclaim full mount, yet referee Steve Perceval — a Sydney, Australia resident — allowed the fight to continue until the end of the round. Lombard subsequently lost 26 seconds into the third frame.

“As much as we’re in this sport to win or whatever, it’s hard as an individual to really sit there and put that kind of damage on a guy and not have it stopped,” Magny said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference.

“I mean, the ref is supposed to be there to protect the fighter, and he (Lombard) wasn’t in position to protect himself at all. The ref should’ve stepped in earlier, I thought. But I don’t know. That’s not my job.”

The sequence was such that Magny actually ended up breaking the UFC record for significant ground strikes landed in a single fight.

His 142 total strikes landed in round two are also the third-most ever landed in a UFC round. And to make matters more impressive, Magny had to battle back from early danger to do it.

Lombard knocked down Magny early in the fight and spent much of the opening round seemingly on the verge of finishing the American.

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