Following the UFC on FOX 23 co-main event battle between the two UFC stars, Masvidal walked out of the Octagon with his stock going way up after finishing Cerrone in the second round. The stoppage came after a questionable end to the first round where referee Herb Dean surely could have ended the fight there as Cerrone was controversially saved by the bell.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan was watching the fights live from his Joe Rogan Experience podcast studio where he was joined by Brendan Schaub, Bryan Callen, Eddie Bravo & Robin Black where they all watched the fights and chatted with one another for the Fight Companion episode.
At the end of the first, Cerrone was hurt badly and dropped by Masvidal. The round came to an end as the bell rung where Masvidal was pouring on the offense but referee Herb Dean cleared it up that it was the end of the round and not the end of the fight.
Rogan and crew commented on the end of the round and whether or not a stoppage should have occurred.
“When have you ever seen a ref at the end of a round go like this [waving his hands back and forth]. Wave his hands like it’s out,” Schaub said.
“He might have questioned himself,” Black commented.
The guys generally agree that the fight should have been ended right there at the end of the first round after Cerrone took big shots from Masvidal and appeared to still be out of it in between rounds.
After Masvidal stopped Cerrone in the second round, Schaub went on to say that no one should have let “Cowboy” fight after his war with Matt Brown, which was just seven weeks prior to his fight with Masvidal. Schaub said that Cerrone can be a UFC champion and his team should have convinced him to wait and fight the next ranking opponent in an effort to get closer to a title shot rather than a quick turnaround against the #12 ranked opponent just so that he could fight in his hometown.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/31/2017.