Dana White: I blame referee Dan Stell 100%
UFC 139 was full of impressive MMA action, not all of it was conducted according to UFC president Dana White’s liking.
White watched first-hand as referee Dan Stell was slow to halt a Chris Weidman D’Arce choke that rendered Tom Lawlor unconscious.
“You’re a referee; You should know when somebody is out,” White said at the UFC 139 post-event in press conference. “Get your ass in there and stop the fight. Same thing with the armbar Friday night in Las Vegas (Ronda Rousey vs. Julia Budd). Standing way over there while she’s putting an armbar on? You get in there, and you stop the fight as soon as you can so these guys don’t get hurt.”
“I’m definitely not blaming (the ref),” Weidman said. “I can’t really see what he was watching. I definitely felt him go out, and I was telling [Stell] that he was out, but as a ref, he can’t believe what I’m saying because I could just be trying to get a cheap victory with that … [Lawlor] was definitely out for a little long, but I’m glad that he’s alright.”
“I blame [Stell],” White said. “I blame him 100 percent.”