Referee Josh Rosenthal explains 'one more round' error

source: The Underground

During the UFC 139: Henderson vs. Shogun main event Saturday night, referee Josh Rosenthal warned Hendo and Shogun that round three would be their last. Henderson corrected him, saying there were three more.

The move took on even greater significance as over the first three rounds Henderson won the decision, but after five rounds, things got ambiguous in the eyes of many onlookers including UFC President Dana White, who saw a 10-8 round in the fifth, which would have left the fight a tie.

The five rounds also helped create what many call the best fight in the sport's history.

General consensus is that five round main events are a must, but that the 10 Point Must system needs work, in this case notably for a clearer definition of what constitutes a 10-8 round.

Below Rosenthal explains on the UG what led to the error.


Rosenthal here

From: ronin jdr
Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 166

Thanks for all the support and kind words, i truly appreciate it. As far as the "last Round" comment, my paper work for the fight said 3 rounds, My bad. Funny though when Dan told me 3 more rounds.

It was an true honor to officiate over true legends of our sport. They both showed how great their hearts are.

Thank you

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ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

12/3/11 10:09 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 i concur

Mr Sponge site profile image  

12/3/11 10:07 PM by Mr Sponge

You are the best ref in mma thanks.

Youabsolutelysuck site profile image  

12/3/11 10:05 PM by Youabsolutelysuck

Hey man,grate job on the Brandao Vs. Bermudez fight. My three other friends here were all even saying,"thank god it's Rosenthal in there and not _________. "

QBBX51 site profile image  

11/23/11 1:04 AM by QBBX51

just wanted to quickly sign in an voice my appreciation for one of the best refs in the biz and my fav.great job man and kutgw!!

Musashi site profile image  

11/22/11 9:42 PM by Musashi

Crosby is far more entertaining - that's for DAMN sure.

Hungry4Stink site profile image  

11/22/11 9:40 PM by Hungry4Stink

Bummer. I was hoping for some Shakespeare quotes.  

Musashi site profile image  

11/22/11 9:36 PM by Musashi

I don' know.. try messaging him through this site... Not sure if he is available as a 'freelance ref for hire' though. He might be restricted in terms of what jobs he can take.

Canooke site profile image  

11/22/11 4:09 PM by Canooke

When will he be back on this thread and how we can reach you privately if we want to book him?

Gainkey Pseudo site profile image  

11/22/11 3:42 PM by Gainkey Pseudo

Josh used to come into my work all the time. (grocery store in Albany, CA) Really nice, down to earth, humble guy. Used to come in with shiners from time to time he got during training. Probably top 2 or 3 refs in the game, ever. Anyways great job on the fight Josh! Even though I love Herb I wonder if he would have stopped it earlier. We as fans got a treat because of your judgement call! Keep doing it! Your mom comes in and talks about how proud she is of you!

Musashi site profile image  

11/22/11 3:11 PM by Musashi

Folks... This is a 'thank you' thread. He's not going to answer questions about calls or get into debates here. That's NEVER a good idea for a ref. Doug Crosby, Big John and several others learned the hard way. He doesn't need to do the same thing - especially when he is already on top of the approval ratings.