John Albert Talks Kim Winslow Referee Controversy | UFC News
By Jamie McAllister
UFC Bantamweight John Albert discusses the controversial stoppage of his fight by Kim Winslow at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.
Albert was in an armbar and seemed to be manoeuvring his way out of the position when Kim Winslow jumped in and stopped the fight.
Albert states he did not tap and his arm was not in danger of breaking.
Here is what he told MMaMania.com.
“I didn’t verbally say, “I quit,” “stop” or “I tap.” Those are the only things you can say to end a match. Just because you grunt, are you gonna stop a guy in the middle of a fight because he grunts for a takedown? I don’t know how else to explain it. I grunted because I was trying to get out of the position.”
“There were two more inches to bend before my stuff started hurting. There was absolutely nothing wrong during that position.”
“My arm didn’t hurt after that position. It’s just a sad story, unlucky call.”
In relation to the stoppage.
“I understand that your body might be taking over, but I don’t know. In my opinion, you should never stop a fight unless someone says, “I stop” where the fighter is cognitively choosing to stop. Just because I go “Ungh!” that’s not me thinking I want to stop.”
He also states that the lack of MMA or grappling experience by the referee may have been a factor in the decision to stop the fight.
“If you’re training and understand the sport, she could have seen that I was working to get out of the position. I wasn’t going the wrong way so that’s where the controversy comes in where we need people that understand the sport, not just taking a 30 minute class and becoming a ref.”
On Dana White giving him his win bonus.
“It helps a great deal, at least mentally. This is my livelihood. The win bonus really helps you out when you start in the UFC.”
When asked if Kim Winslow offered any apologies to him or his corner after the fight.
“No, none at all. There was nothing at all. All I know was the story of I grunted trying to get out of the armbar, she stopped it, I kept yelling “I didn’t tap, I didn’t tap!” and she said, “You verbally tapped,” and I yelled, “No I didn’t, no I didn’t!” and Dennis Hallman, being the good coach that he is, went in and started yelling at her and after the fight brought her down to the commission and said, “Explain to me what happened? He didn’t tap” and she goes, “Well he didn’t verbally tap. I was afraid for his arm.” Those were her exact words in front of the commission. It’s however they want to take it.”
Albert plans to contest the decision.
“I’m gonna contest it because I don’t want that loss on my record because it shouldn’t be there. It just shouldn’t. I feel bad for Perez because he earned that chance to get his W now they’re gonna take away his W. He didn’t technically win. It robs both of us of what the outcome would eventually be. I don’t know, he could have beat me in the second or third round. We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the first round. You never know what could happen or I could have beaten him. It sucks for both parties. I think the best thing to do is try to get a rematch. The thing with a rematch is it won’t be the exact same fight. Maybe he’s the better fighter or I’m the better fighter. It’s a really shitty situation.”