• Petr Yan has been a rising star within the bantamweight division, and now he is a champion.
  • The Russian 27-year-old over-powered former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at “Combat Island,” which is a quarantine space on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
  • Yan might have closed the present sooner, however the referee Leon Roberts bizarrely let the combat go on for much too lengthy.
  • Yan was hitting Aldo with blow after blow whereas the Brazilian lay defenseless on the canvas. It was finally waved off within the fifth spherical.
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FIGHT ISLAND — An MMA referee referred to as Leon Roberts is going through backlash after letting a UFC veteran take a chronic, hard-to-watch, and fully pointless beating on Saturday.

The bantamweight title combat between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo was one in all three championship matches on the UFC 251 card at “Combat Island,” which is a quarantined space of Yas Island, constructed together with the Abu Dhabi authorities to assist the UFC maintain worldwide occasions through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Although Aldo had success within the second spherical, in rounds one, three, and 4, he was comfortably out-struck by Yan.

Then the fifth spherical occurred.

Aldo threw one strike. It landed. And that was all he needed to provide for the length the ultimate body lasted, as he was as a substitute getting hit many times by a relentless Yan, who landed 113 of 120 strikes that spherical.

Within the remaining minute of the combat, halfway by the fifth, Aldo was on all fours, going through the canvas, defenseless. He was in no match state to proceed, but the referee allowed Yan to wail punches down on him from left and from the fitting to Aldo’s head, knuckling him to the physique, and peppering him with hammer fists any manner he needed.

But the stoppage nonetheless did not come.

And so Yan carried on hitting him. Once more, and once more, and once more.

Finally, far later than it ought to have come, the referee intervened.

Talking at a post-fight press convention within the media tent subsequent to the purpose-built, behind-closed doorways Flash Discussion board venue, the UFC president Dana White stated: “[It was a] horrible, horrible stoppage by the referee.

“It ought to have been stopped manner sooner. [We’ll have to] tighten up our refs and judges right here on ‘Combat Island.'”

White, although, didn’t suppose Aldo was too far out of his depth previous to the stoppage. “Aldo regarded nice for folks criticizing him saying he did not deserve one other title shot.”

Yan, too, credited Aldo for his efficiency within the opening rounds. “Within the first and second spherical, he had laborious punches and low kicks,” he stated.

“I waited and pressured him. After the second spherical, I began to work. It was knockout. I preferred it.”

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