There has been a bit of a debate regarding the 10th round TKO stoppage in the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor money fight.
McGregor said after the fight was over that he would have liked it if the ref let the fight go on as he claimed he was more fatigued than hurt.
“That’s why I thought the ref could have just let it keep going, let me go down,” said McGregor. “Let the man put me down. Wobbly and fatigue, that’s energy, that’s not damage. I’m clear headed.”
While “The Notorious” felt the fight could have continued, UFC President Dana White agreed with the stoppage as did a former ringside physician. However, former boxing world champion and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm agrees with Conor that the ref could have let the fight play out longer than it did.
“You don’t see McGregor arguing it was stopped, but I thought though the ref jumped in a little early, yeah,” Holm said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting). “It’s not like he was out on his feet or about to get knocked out, or something like that. He wasn’t going in there to counter or anything. It was definitely an early stoppage for sure.”
With Holm having won world championship boxing titles in three weight divisions and a UFC women’s bantamweight title, she enjoyed the crossover of the two combat sports as she has never understood the beef between the boxing and MMA purists.
“How can you not respect it?” Holm asked. They both put everything on the line. McGregor walked in and said ‘I believe I can do this going against a boxer, a fighter that’s never been beat.’ He’s got the record now. That’s a big thing to take on. … For Mayweather, anything can happen in a fight, one punch can end it, he’s putting a lot on the line. 50-0 or to lose to an MMA fighter who never boxed before. That’s a lot to put on the line.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/1/2017.