Eddie Wineland had a great first round vs. UFC Interim champion Renan Barao. But 30 seconds into the 2nd round, this happened...
Highly-regarded referee Yves Lavigne jumped in and stopped it.
Wineland has asked at post fight press conference if the stoppage was early.
"Personal opinion, I think bulls---," said Wineland forcefully. "He caught me with a great kick. I was by no means out - I was on my way back up. But you know the referees have their own discretion, and that’s what he felt was the right call.
“My hat’s off to Renan. It was a good kick.”
Reffing is the single most thankless task in MMA - no fighter, ever, thought he won a fight because of a ref, but an audible percentage of the losers do. In Wineland's case, he did not think Lavigne was incompetent, he just thought he could have kept fighting.
UFC president Dana White who does not hesitate when he sees poor officiating, simly pointed out that there are inherently calls in reffing that are difficult, and that the call was solid.
"It’s one of those tough calls," said White. "Trust me, I don’t like when a fight is stopped and a guy jumps right back up. But you know, he got blasted with that kick. And that’s a nasty kick that knocks people out and he looked wobbly even when he got up. It’s just one of those tough ones.
“If I thought it was, I’d be smashing the ref. But that was a tough one.”
What do you think UG? Could Wineland have intelligently defended himself?
Barao's win streak now goes to 32-0.