Antonio Silva expressed he felt that his bout with Cain Velasquez was stopped early and that the referee was negligient in allowing the bout to continue after illegal blows to the back of the head and neck. However, UFC President Dana White and the champion Velasquez disagree:
"I thought it was a good stoppage," Velasquez said on FUEL TV's UFC 160 post-fight show. "He wasn't really moving, he wasn't trying to get on his feet or get to his back, so I thought it was a good stoppage."
While Silva wasn't knocked out cold, he was badly hurt after Velasquez landed a clean right cross that sent the Brazilian toppling to the ground. The champion followed up with a flurry of ground shots and Silva stopped intelligently defending himself, which signified that he was done in the referee's eyes.
"It was a good stoppage," White stated after the event. "I don't think it was a bad stoppage. You know me, if I thought it was a bad stoppage I would be freaking out. He got knocked down, he was hurt and he was hammering him.
"Could it have gone a little while longer? Of course, but the ref is in there and he has to make that decision and I have no problems with that stoppage."
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