Battle Island in Abu Dhabi has gained considerably of a repute as being far more hardcore than your common location for blended martial arts. Whereas New York will cease a battle the second a fighter begins wanting wobbly or a lower seems wherever close to an eye fixed, Battle Island has featured a number of bouts the place the refs simply let issues go an additional 5, ten, hell why not twenty blows longer than they need to.
The most effective instance of that is the Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo end, which featured Yan wailing on Aldo for over a minute. This previous Saturday’s fights at UFC Battle Island three weren’t as horrific however fairly unhealthy in their very own method, and so they each featured well-known referee Herb Dean taking a number of additional seconds to step in and save a downed fighter. Within the prelims, Tanner Boser hit Raphael Pessoa with a knuckle within the eye which dropped Pessoa. Pessoa then took a number of fairly pointless punches to the face earlier than Dean stepped in.
The actually unhealthy one although was the preliminary card foremost occasion between Francisco Trinaldo and Jai Herbert. Trinaldo smoked Herbert with a large overhand left that felled him like a tree. Herbert went nonetheless and hit the canvas arduous, however as a result of his arm was nonetheless up within the air Herb will need to have thought he was nonetheless considerably aware. If he was, he wasn’t after Trinaldo stood over him for a number of seconds ready for the battle to be stopped earlier than obliging Dean with 4 pistons proper to Herbert’s face.
Commentator Dan Hardy was not proud of that, screaming “Cease the battle! That’s two instances now!”
BT Sport caught one other angle of the commentary sales space clearly sad with Dean’s efforts, or lack thereof.
Not caught on video digicam (however audible over the feed) was Hardy going over to castigate Dean following his second gradual stoppage of the night.
“I’m doing my job, now you do yours!” an agitated Hardy advised Dean. “Gotta look out for these fighters! My goodness!”
Following the occasion, Paul Felder threw in his two cents through the post-fight present.
“His job is to guard the fighter and if the fighter is out,” Felder stated. I don’t care if there’s one second left on the clock, if he’s knocked out and he’s stiff? Take a look at that battle once more and have a look at his fingers and the place he’s at. Simply because he’s doing this, stiff, doesn’t imply he’s defending punches. If Trinaldo can stand over you being the scary man that he’s for an excellent three seconds with out having a punch and also you don’t transfer? You’re out.”
“He’s actually defending himself,” Felder stated sarcastically because the replay aired. “He’s actually placing on the battle of his life right here. He ate pictures that he didn’t must eat.”
Some agreed with Hardy and Felder voicing their disapproval…
Dan Hardy has at all times had my respect as among the best MMA minds/analysts on the market however he’s particularly deserving of reward tonight. Analysts have to be essential after they imagine the scenario requires it. Can’t maintain again. He didn’t. He’s not attempting to make buddies.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) July 26, 2020
And a few didn’t.
That was a Nice non-stoppage! He was nonetheless defending himself, was rocked for certain, he may’ve tapped. Nice Non-stoppage
— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) July 25, 2020
You’d most likely be happier if the fighters performed Rock Paper Scissors earlier than the battle to determine who wins. Gotta be sure nobody will get harm
— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) July 26, 2020
What do you suppose, Maniacs? Dean giving the fighters an opportunity to get out of unhealthy positions, or simply crappy reffing?