Referee Herb Dean made a controversial non-call in the third round of the co-main event at UFC 194, one that indirectly put post-fight heat on the corner of Chris Weidman.
Whether you’re a fan of Chris Weidman or Luke Rockhold, it’s easy to agree that the dying seconds of their UFC 194 title fight on Saturday (Dec. 12, 2015) from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was difficult to watch.
Rockhold had taken full mount on the previously undefeated champion, wailing down punches and elbows that left Weidman’s face a broken mess after the fight. And yet referee Herb Dean allowed it to continue, causing something of a controversy and difference of opinion among fans.
Weidman’s coach, Ray Longo, spoke to the Anik and Florian podcast today (Dec. 14, 2015) to talk about his view of the non-call. And even though Longo said he didn’t like what he was seeing and he never wants to see it again, he added he would never take the choice away from one of his fighters.
“Nobody’s going to argue if Herb Dean would’ve stopped that fight. But, you know these guys give me pretty strict orders never to ever do that. So I know that with Matt [Serra] it was always… I think I made the mistake of asking him once one fight and he almost blew a gasket off his seat.”
It was a dramatic turn of events in the third round of the co-main event when Weidman went for a spinning kick and gave up his back to Rockhold. Up until that point it appeared the then-Middleweight champion was winning the fight and seemed to have the better cardio of the two fighters.
Longo said he hasn’t discussed the mistake with Weidman yet, as the fighter immediately went to see ….View full article
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