Really screwed up call and it madw me think less of Goddard.
I think Goddard and Big John both probably know the rules better than you or I.
They are saying he was unconscious,which he wasn't. Obviously two of the most active refs know the rules better than you or I , but they weren't even in the cage! The guy Reffing did not call a stoppage, so it's very odd.
He absolutely went unconcious during that period. He was completely unconcious when he got rolled to mount. Are you saying he wasn't ever unconcious at any point?
Not from the choke, maybe from the takedown . The ref didn't call the fight off , he touched them to signal the end of the round. Goddard is telling a different story. He absolutely wasn't out at the end of the fight, he sat up initially.
This is tough to call.
At first, I thought he went out from the choke, but watching it again: it looks like he's fine all the way on his back and just exhausted at the end.
He does, however, look limp as fuck following that takedown and roll to mount. I think he is out and - whether or not the ref' caught that - the right man won that fight.
I think you should have to stop it at that moment or don't consider it a stoppage. It doesn't make sense for there to be a stoppage at 5:00 of the final round because the fight was already over. It's the refs job to see that on the fly , don't let the guy sit there and go till the final bell only to pretend you stopped it.
Mareb and Goddard were on the MMA hour today for those intetested. Mareb said he was awake after the takedown but had a stinger , I think his bell got run enough that he went limp and gave up position but he came to and was still kickin' literally.
Let that man hear the judges decision , you let him sit there and fight through the entire thing.