Referee Kim Winslow stopped Saturday night's TUF 17 Finale co-main event Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate bout at 2:55 of Round 3 following a series of knees and an elbow.
An irate Tate took issue with the call.
"Can't help my nose bleeds a lot still frustrated at the stoppage," said Tate via Facebook. "I think the ref freaked because of blood when she should have been focusing on the fact that I was still perfectly coherent and shooting for a takedown after two solid knees landed. I was still in the fight and up on the score cards.
"Can't pay enough respect to Cat she's a warrior & I'd love the honor of fighting her in the future again but NOT with Kim Winslow as the ref."
Although Winslow did not feel it was appropriate to argue the specifics of the fight, she offered a general explanatory response to USCombatSports.com.
“I will tell you what I tell ALL my fighters in the prefight one on ones. If I say 'fight back' (then) you are in imminent danger of me stopping your fight and you have to give me a reason not to. If you respond to the command and show that you can intelligently defend yourself I will let it continue whether or not your attempts are successful. It is on you to continue to try until you are out of danger or the round has ended.
"When you stop attempting to get out of the situation or just go back to what got you warned in the first place it's your way of letting me know you have had enough and I am coming in to stop it. How much time I give you is always dependent on the amount of damage you are taking. Safety is the first priority and it's my job to make sure you come back to fight another day if you choose to."