The UFC 194 title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor was over in a mere 13 seconds, but there was no such mercy in the middleweight battle in which Luke Rockhold left Chris Weidman battered and bloodied.
Rockhold won with a fourth-round TKO but fans, analysts and the head of UFC thought the fight should have been called before that.
“When a guy is that hurt and out of it and has trouble getting up, it probably should have been stopped,” UFC President Dana White said of referee Herb Dean. “You know — but Weidman’s durable, man. He’s a durable, tough guy. He always has been. It’s crazy how in a fight one little mistake [a wheelkick] pretty much ended the fight for him.”
Weidman’s face told a gruesome story afterward and Yahoo’s Kevin Iole questioned the decision to let the fight go on.
“Referee Herb Dean, who probably made a major error by not stopping it late in the third as Rockhold was whaling away on Weidman with fists and elbows, finally called it at 3:12 of the fourth.”
Weidman's face looks hamburger. What a job by Rockhold. Bad week to be a grappler. First Holly def Ronda. Now Luke pic.twitter.com/heJltBXiGL
— Michael Huang (@michaelhuang55) December 13, 2015
Herb Dean, really? Really? ……………………. Really!?! #UFC194
— herculez gomez (@herculezg) December 13, 2015
So Herb Dean stops McGregor-Mendes after two punches, but he let Weidman take about 60 unanswered shots. #UFC194
— Rob Tatum (@RobTatumMMA) December 13, 2015
I get why Herb Dean gave the tough-as-hell Weidman a chance to recover, but yeeeeeeesh.
— Ho! Ho! Jose! (@whoisjoserivera) December 13, 2015