Rafael dos Anjos shocked the MMA world last night, defeating the favored former UFC (and WEC) Lightweight Champion in a first round TKO victory.
The win rockets the longtime fringe contender up the UFC rankings, and cements the Brazilian’s place among the sport’s elite.
It’s not without controversy though. Some feel referee John McCarthy stepped in to stop the bout earlier than necessary, not offering Henderson a chance to recover from the knockdown.
It’s this observer’s belief that the stoppage was fine. While still trying to escape, Henderson was clearly shaken by dos Anjos’ onslaught. It was a close call — but it’s my opinion that in any call that close, an official should err on the side of caution.
But, see for yourself. The stoppage is among the highlight video released by the UFC below. Please enjoy, and let us know what you think!