At UFC on ESPN+ 35, Mike Rodriguez kneed Ed Herman in the liver, and the effect was such that after another shot to the body, Herman dropped to the ground, seemingly unable to continue The finish was seconds away, at most. However, referee Chris Tognoni assumed there had been a low blow, and stopped the action, allowing “Short Fuse” time to recover, and eventually make one of the most astonishing, if tainted, comebacks in memory.
UFC president Dana White lost his mind, called Tognoni a M****gatti, and said Rodriguez was getting his win money, and that in his eyes, it was a win. Rodriguez’s manager Tyson Chartier said there would be an appeal. However, in a recent interview with Mike Bohn for MMA Junkie, Rodriguez bore no ill will towards anyone.
“It’s a lot to take in,” said Rodriguez. “I’ve got no ill will towards [Tognoni]. It was a simple mistake, and Ed just capitalized on the mistake. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a s***ty situation. The only thing I really, like, blame Ed for, if anything, is when he got the submission, how he put his feet in the fence. Other than that, it is what it is. There’s nothing we can really do about it.”
“I’m assuming if anything it would be changed to a [No Contest], which is better than a loss. I have no clue what’s going to happen with that.”
“Dana said: ‘You won that f***ing round. … You finished Ed Herman the second round. I was sitting in the back, I was a little bummed out, I got caught. The doctors were looking at my shoulder and all of a sudden I looked up and Dana White was right there. He was not happy. I thought I did something wrong. I was instantly like, ‘Oh s***, what did I do?’ He was like, ‘That’s bulls***, that’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. You definitely won.’”
“If they’re looking at it as a win for me, I’ll just move on. I don’t work for the commission, I work for the UFC. So, let’s keep running it. They think it’s a win? Let’s keep going. Who else is next? Who else is out there?”