Cung Le: Refs need to watch for strikes to back of head more


Former Strikeforce fighter Cung Le was defeated on Saturday night by Wanderlei Silva. The two would battle back and forth through the first round before Silva would land a devasting knee to the face of Le, which he then followed up with a succession of punches on the ground which prompted the referee to step in. Some in the media though the stoppage might be too soon, and Le himself seemed to think the strikes may not have been legal:

The back of my head hurts more than my face. The Ref needs to watch the strikes to the back of the head more...

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JohnnyChrist site profile image  

11/22/11 7:55 AM by JohnnyChrist

So many haters wow lol.Why don't we instead thank Cung for taking the fight and giving us an entertaining fight?

SleepBomb site profile image  

11/21/11 8:13 PM by SleepBomb

 why do people keep calling cung le a twinkie for? what is that shit?

illegal shots to the head ko'd sexyama site profile image  

11/21/11 7:43 PM by illegal shots to the head ko'd sexyama

I think he's complaining because IF YOU LOOK AT THE 2nd GIF, you can clearly see the Ref stopped the fight because of consecutive shots to the back of the head. bad stoppage.

rockyboy site profile image  

11/21/11 7:13 PM by rockyboy

fair point, but the back of the head rule is somewhat loose in MMA.

Floppy Divac site profile image  

11/21/11 6:52 PM by Floppy Divac

 3 shots to the back of the head and the following ones before the ref broke it were to the side.

Floppy Divac site profile image  

11/21/11 6:51 PM by Floppy Divac

  "so when you highkick or backfist someone and hit the back of his head, you should be pennalised too? because I am sure Cung also hit plenty of fighters behind the back of the head without doing it on purpose." Voted up for truth!!

Asian Keyboard Warrior site profile image  

11/21/11 6:43 PM by Asian Keyboard Warrior

I lol at thread tittle and ops name

OneGloveJimmerson site profile image  

11/21/11 6:41 PM by OneGloveJimmerson

Unfortunately its a side effect of striking when ground fighting and grappling is involved. Unlike boxing or even kickboxing where opponents fight mostly head on, in MMA its almost impossible to predict where your strike will land while the opponent is weaving and ducking for position or in some cases turning away just to get the ref to call BOH shots. The only places where a ref can really police the rule is in clinches and non erratic ground exchanges otherwise its russian roulette trying to pick the bad shot among a dozen good ones.

32Hunter site profile image  

11/21/11 6:33 PM by 32Hunter

did anyof you that are mocking Cung see the second replay? Silva was crushing the back of his head. a competent ref would've done something other than awarding victory to the purpetrator.

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

11/21/11 6:08 PM by ChokeEmOut