If you happened to watch the Strikeforce event on Saturday night you got a pretty good look at many of the things that are wrong with athletic commissions nowadays. Sloppy reffing, questionable stoppages, and judging so bad it left you wondering if someone mixed up the fighters’ names. One ref singled out for screwing up particularly badly is Kim Winslow, who may or may not have allowed the King Mo / Lorenz Larkin fight go on a smidge past the point of sanity.
Kim already had a bit of a reputation after letting Cris Cyborg pulp Jan Finney back in 2010, and after this Larkin stoppage people are starting to wonder if she gets some sort of perverse pleasure staring an asswhupping right in the eye and letting it go on as long as possible.
Fortunately, she had one person on her side afterwards: King Mo himself. Here’s what he said immediately after the fight.
“She explained to me that she wants to give us a fair chance to keep on continuing, and I respect that,” Lawal said. “Cause if that was me, I’d rather be put to sleep than her jump in and me still be awake.”
But not everyone is gonna let that shit slide. Take King Mo for example. Here’s what he said at the post-fight press conference:
“I’m going to put it like this: The commission, they need to do something with [Winslow],” Lawal said. “Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref.”
“She said backstage, ‘If I hear ‘Ow’ or ‘Ouch’ or ‘Ooh,’ I’m going to stop the fight,'” Lawal went on to explain. “Man, this dude was cussing. I hit him, and he’s like, ‘Oh, [expletive].’ I was like, ‘Uh, ref?’ I looked at her, so I kept on hitting him. I was like, ‘Man, she needs to stop this thing.’ I heard people in the crowd yelling, ‘Stop it!’ Then she jumps in all late.”
“Let [Winslow] fight ‘Cyborg,’ and let’s do a late stoppage with her,” Lawal said. “I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by ‘Cyborg.’ I think maybe the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref, and I’ll just do a terrible job like her.”
King Mo makes some good points but I’m going to have to go ahead and agree with King Mo.