Down two rounds on the scorecards, Condit fed Markham a steady diet of damaging ground-and-pound until Dornan stepped in on the 20-year-old Canadian’s behalf. The final bell was just around the corner.
“I’m the first one to blast a referee or a judge for making bad calls" UFC President Dana White said. "In my opinion, referees aren’t looking at the time. They could give a s--- what time it is or how much time is left. They’re there to protect the fighters.”
“Rory’s a young guy. He’s got a lot of fights ahead of him. He took a lot of damage in that last round. I didn’t have any problem with the stoppage. It’s unfortunate when a fight stops with seconds left, but you won’t hear me bitching about that one.”
“The kid (MacDonald) looked amazing,” White said. “He’s such a young guy. This was a title fight for this kid. [Condit] is a guy who held a title, who’s been around for a long time, who has tons of big-fight experience. That kid had a lot on him tonight [fighting in his hometown]. He looked fantastic. I expect big things from him. He’s got plenty of time to work his way back up the ladder.”
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