I’m wondering: are the people that complained that Dan Mirgliogagalata didn’t stop the Slice/Thompson fight near the end of the second round the same people who are complaining about him stopping Werdum/Vera? Because if they are, I’ve got news for these peeps: you’re being hypocrites.
Okay, I’ll agree with you on this point: the inconsistency is at best confusing and at worst infuriating. The general rule is that a fighter must be defending himself intelligently to avoid having the fight stopped – despite what many people think, there’s no pre-requisite for a fighter to be KO’d or put on queer street before a ref can step in. So with that, we can say two things: Dan fucked up with the Slice / Thompson fight, but he technically made the right call with Vera / Werdum.
But hey, I’m with you guys. Personally I think a fighter should be allowed to get thumped stupid before a fight is stopped … this isn’t a tea party, after all. But Vera got his dumb ass mounted, and couldn’t do anything about it other than cover up. Covering up is not considered an ‘intelligent defense’, so it was stopped. Shitty buzz, but we’ve all seen it over and over. If you don’t want it to happen, don’t get mounted. And if you do get mounted, then fucking DO SOMETHING other than cover your face with your arms.
Everyone has a right to complain, and hey … why not take it out on the ref. After all, it WAS the ref’s fault that Werdum tossed Vera around like a rag doll, and the ref’s fault Vera ended up being mounted. Shit, how about we blame the ref for Vera’s retarded insistance on fighting at heavyweight? Oh, these are all Bradon’s fault? Hmm.