After dropping Dan Miller with a punch in the middle of the first round at UFC 134 last night, Rousimar Palhares followed up with a flurry of shots while his opponent was down on the ground.
After landing several shots Palhares leapt to the top of the cage and raised his hands in victory.
However, Herb Dean never stopped the fight.
In the end, Palhares pulled out a unanimous decision win.
Following the event, Palhares explained why he celebrated prematurely.
“He said, ‘Stop, stop, stop’ so I stopped,” Palhares said about referee Herb Dean. “I thought the fight was over so I jumped onto the top of the cage.”
“God is on my side,” said Palhares. “So I can win once, twice, three times.”
Upon replay, Dean never appears to say anything while Miller is down on the ground and Palhares was standing over him.
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Palharaes' trainer the legendary Murilo Bustamante recounted the events a little differently.
Just to clarify what happenned during Toquinho's fight yesterday night in UFC 134 in Rio..
He told me that he stoped bc his opponent said "stop stop" when he was punching him hard...
Then he stop to hit him and thought that fight was over and went to celebrate....
Who can say now that Toko isn't a fair fighter? He is just too naive, but he has a big heart
I think as everyone that watched the fight that Toko should have won the fight of the night.
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Miller’s manager and trainer, Mike Constantino of AMA Fight Club, flatly denies that Miller verbally tapped.
“Dan assures me he did not say a word during that exchange,” Constantino wrote in an email to Sherdog.com. “Needless to say that with the loud crowd, the language barrier, the adrenaline rush and every other factor involved -- including ‘do not stop until the ref pulls you off’ -- I do not believe that Toquinho pulled up because of Dan murmuring ‘stop, stop.’ The fact remains that Dan Miller did not say ‘stop, stop’ -- there is no need to argue the toughness and mettle of Dan Miller, however I just have to put the facts on the table after hearing this.”
“Dan assumed Herb stopped the fight. Once he heard us screaming to turn around and the fight wasn’t stopped, he ran across the Octagon to continue fighting.”
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