Sonnen: FIght knocked years off JDS' life

by Kirik Jenness |

Junior Dos Santos lost to Cain Velasquez Saturday night, taking an extended beating in the process. The fight will be long remembered for Cain's relentless attack (think about standing under a waterfall of punches) and for dos Santos' heart. However, and far more importantly, the fight may be remembered as a turning point in the sport - the night when the sport decided that waiting for the end of lack of intelligent defense is not the best criteria for ending a fight early.

Many times the cageside doctors checked on JDS, twice at the direction of referee Herb Dean, and allowed the fight to go on. In the third round, Dean came as close as humanly possible to stopping it, even putting his hands on the fighters, but by the most razor thin margin imaginable, he let it go on.

In the fifth round JDS secured a Ninja choke, and it appeared that the greatest comeback in the sport's history might happen. But then dos Santos got dropped on his head, leaving his defenseless, and Dean stepped in.

The doctor, the ref, the fighter, and the corner all have the ability to stop the fight, and no one did.

UFC president Dana White was cageside shouting for the bout to be ended, but he is not in charge, the state regulatory body is.

"That fight should've been stopped in the third," White said later.

"I'm a guy who's been around the sport for a long time, and boxing, and seen men who are too tough for their own good. And I think Junior Dos Santos is one of those guys, in the last Cain fight and in this Cain fight. And I think that fight should've been stopped. I just don't think he needed to take anymore punishment."

Now Chael Sonnen has weighed in, during a fan Q&A session.

"Junior Dos Santos’ cornerman needs to be cut, period," said Sonnen. "That was beyond inappropriate, that they sent him back out there. The doctor comes in twice, what that doctor was looking for I have no idea. The referee didn’t stop the fight, though he should have. Ultimately it defaults to your cornerman, who you trust, who is like a father figure, and that guy let Junior Dos Santos down, period. The commission licenses these cornermen. I don’t have the foggiest idea why; I guess just to take their $25. That should be the first cornerman that’s suspended, that was beyond wrong what he did."

"You do not stop the fight when your fighter can no longer continue. You stop the fight when your fighter can no longer win. The second your guy can’t win, you get him out of there. That fight should have been stopped way earlier. It knocked years off Junior’s life and career, that cornerman should be fired."

For his part, dos Santos thought the fight was stopped in the second, and fought on autopilot thereafter.

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Ramy Daoud site profile image  

10/30/13 1:45 AM by Ramy Daoud

Chuck L is punch drunk from his time in the sport

jagen site profile image  

10/30/13 1:19 AM by jagen

Dana loves to say "never been a death or serious injury in the UFC"JDS's face looks like a serious injury, I guess they don't count head trauma or ACL/MCL injuries that can potentially ruin an athletes career.

Kerouac site profile image  

10/30/13 1:15 AM by Kerouac

Cancer, AIDS, diabetes and polio...for example?Mercury, lead paint, being bullied while younger...for other examples?Jesus Christ dude, Frasier was punch drunk due to too many blows to the head...not because he did a few lines of coke and chugged Crown.

Kerouac site profile image  

10/30/13 1:10 AM by Kerouac

Knuckles don't have to hit bone for the brain to be know this.Put a 10oz glove next to your ear and have a friend swing a mallet on it.

dannyapodaca site profile image  

10/30/13 12:46 AM by dannyapodaca

Im sure the fighting takes a heavy toll on the fighters. But to me there are alot of avenues to be explored here. Drinking and drugs for an example.

springfield site profile image  

10/30/13 12:13 AM by springfield

I know nothing about the Filho fight but this is what Chael said in an interview for Anderson 1."I never once disputed the tap, but I also didn’t know it happened. Whether I tapped or I didn’t tap — and that’s by no way me saying I didn’t tap [because] I haven’t seen the video — it was the right stoppage. [Referee] Josh [Rosenthal] woke me up to let me know the fight was over. Josh was saying my name the same way my mother used to wake me up for school in the morning. ‘Chael…Chael…’She’d say it over and over and it would kind of get in my dream and I’d snap out of it. That’s what it was like with Josh. He repeated my name three or four times and I remember when I came to, [I asked] ‘Am I the champion?’ I didn’t know how it ended. Josh Rosenthal is awesome. The UFC has awesome refs, and with that being said, he’s at the top of the list. Above all, his job is to keep us safe and he’s always kept me safe."

eljamaiquino site profile image  

10/29/13 10:41 PM by eljamaiquino

Anderson 1, also the Filho first fight.

whoabro site profile image  

10/29/13 10:30 PM by whoabro

Where were the fighters when zuffa was $40 million in the hole? Did they offer to take care of 95% of the debt?

Anderson P Sonnen site profile image  

10/29/13 10:01 PM by Anderson P Sonnen

I agree that the fight should have been stopped. Especially since JDS said he had no memory post the 2nd. Surely his corner men would have noticed a bad change in JDS' mentality imo. As for taking years off of his life? Sure, he's a fighter. Every fighter has years taken off of their life through training and getting hit. EVERY fighter gets hit. As long as JDS continues to fight, that's inevitable. Well said by Chael, but imo, somewhat exaggerated through emotion.

Lazer MMA site profile image  

10/29/13 9:51 PM by Lazer MMA

I'd like to see any punch which got threw on Ali's head in that fight. George hit ali's gloves (over his face and head) again and again as well as Ali's midsection while Ali said (per Ali) "is that all you got George they told me you were tough". LOLAli took REAL damage in the Thrilla in Manilla though. Frankly a great sports writer of the day stated that the fight should be stopped late in the fight. Both corners thought a death was possible for either fighter in the fight. Both were in the hospital for some time after the fight. Before the start of the last round Ali told his corner to cut the gloves off but I've heard Angelo say he wanted to see what happened in Joe's corner first. He took great damage in some of his latter fights too (he should not have been fighting even per Howard on air).