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Friday, 07/13/2012, 12:36 pm

Referee Admits Late Stoppage In Weidman vs. Munoz Bout | UFC NEWS

By Evan Stoumbelis
Wednesday night in the UFC on Fuel TV 4 main event, fans saw Chris Weidman face Mark Munoz. The All American Chris Weidman connected with an elbow that sent The Filipino Wrecking Machine Mark Munoz down. Weidman quickly began punching the downed Munoz, who was clearly unconscious. After several punishing blows referee Josh Rosenthal finally stepped in. Talk of Rosenthal’s late stoppage was quick to surface with Dana White taking to twitter saying: “Oh and by the way, horrible late stoppage by the ref. Mark took more shots than he should have. I can’t stand when refs blow it!!!”

The veteran referee Josh Rosenthal spoke about the incident on Sirius XM’s TapouT Radio Show today, saying: “”I came home and I watched it, and I was kind of like you know, if I was sitting here, watching this on the couch, I probably would have been talking smack about myself. I always say accountability is a huge part of the sport, and you are accountable for your actions. I feel like I was just a little slow on the trigger. I don’t want to see guys take unnecessary punishment. It’s a rough sport. Everyone knows what they sign in for, but it’s a millisecond-basis game. You’re making choices right there on the spot, and in the heat of the moment, I felt like I was seeing some stuff. In hindsight, I have to step my game up and make sure I’m on point for the next guys.”

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40 Responses to “Referee Admits Late Stoppage In Weidman vs. Munoz Bout | UFC NEWS”

  1. ratamahatta says:

    Atleast he is capable of noticing he was wrong and willing to learn from this mistake. This in contrary to other refs like Mazzagatti or Winslow

  2. eli3mma says:

    I’ve always seen him as a good ref i noticed he gives guys alot of chances to recover but he really blew that one it should of been stopped after 3 or 4 unanswered hit especially since.they were really hard but its good he admitted he was right

    • Jake Simmons says:

      Glad he admitted he was wrong. Even from his vantage point, he should have stopped it a few strikes early. Weidman hit Munoz 17 times. Even the most liberal determination of the fight being over would have stopped weidman at around the 12-13 punch point.

  3. eli3mma says:

    i mean wrong

  4. dynomania says:

    that’s good, but it doesn’t help Munoz. It should have been stopped after the 2nd or 3rd strike on the ground. That was WAY late, like 4 super hard punches late.

  5. Bob says:

    Fuck the Police, Fuck the Government and Fuck the Refs especially this guys fat ass..

  6. Devilock138 says:

    Munoz’s dumb haircut looks like a massive head wound in that shot.

  7. Bob says:

    This is about milliseconds? More like fucking eternity. This guy could of been responsible for Munoz having major brain damage. He should be fired. There should be no second chances in this sport as reffing because peoples life is at risk..

  8. maurice says:

    i actually understand the stoppage. munoz was getting pounded but was still trying to block his head with his one free hand. few punches later and munoz is completely out gettin crushed. josh called it perfect, hesitate at all and there goes a few unanswered punches. brutal. but yea its glad he takes the criticism and learns from it. its been years, and mazzagatti and dan still dont know how to stop a fight on time.

    • allmightysandman says:

      no way man. he was only “trying to block” as he was drifting into unconcsiousness. He was NOT “intelligently defending himself” which is what the rules say.

      he was waaaaay too late and IMO ref’s should be reprimanded when they make a mistake just as fighters get in shit if they go outside the rules. part of his pay should go to Munoz hairdresser so he/she can get treated for the blindness they use when they cut his hair! LOL

      but really, it was way to late and I for one, agree with the masses that say it was a very dangerous mistake.

      • Not You says:

        You and the “masses” are going to force refs to make calls too early. Then you will all bitch about that.

        • Thurgood Jenkins says:

          They already make calls way too early. Wish Rosenthal was reffing Silva/Sonnen because that was nothing compared to the beating Munoz was taking.

    • Kyle says:

      Agree completely.

  9. effyocouch says:

    It takes a real man to admit to a large number of people that he was wrong in an act that was performed also in front of a large number of people. Gives me a ton of respect for the guy.

  10. Xaninho says:

    Now let’s hope he won’t jump in way too fast next time.

  11. CFender says:

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  12. Chris says:

    pretty commendable if you ask me, i’ve never heard of a ref ever owning up to his mistakes and shit. I think he’s got some character to actually come out and say that. more then mccarthy miragliotta or mazzagati would do oh and kim winslow lol

  13. fedor sucks says:

    Fedor sucks

  14. Mike says:

    How about you stop caving in the sleeping dude’s head? Refs and judges in UFC are awful, but the fighters are responsible too. I’ve seen many fighters tell the judges that the other guy is out, while the judge stands there idiotically. Bad reffing of a green fighter.

  15. B-rad says:

    That elbow split him, but he got his face splattered with those extra shots… took about an extra 4 or 5 after he was out THASSSNOGOOD

  16. steven seagull says:

    I thought it was about three punches too late but thats better than 3 punches to early IMO, and I reckon most fighters would rather take a couple extra shots than have a fight end early.

    good to see someone taking responsibility for their actions too, its not often that a ref will stand up and admit he was wrong so kudos to Rosenthal for looking at it objectively and admiting he needs to do better next time.

  17. GRT 3000 says:

    We needed this ref when Anderson was putting the beat down on Chael. about 5 good strikes to early imo.

  18. da shit talka says:

    If he would have stopped it early there would have been people bitching to. You cant win as a ref unless chuck liddell is in the ring. He either knocked peoples lights out or got his turned out himself.

  19. Rey Dalisay says:

    Where the hell is Big John when you need him?

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