Moments into Saturday’s co-main-event between Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, “The Demolition Man’s” fans likely let out a collective ‘now this is more like it’, as the punishing heavyweight battered “Hapa” with knees and punches. Really, for more than just a few seconds, it looked like Overeem was about to ‘correct’ his upset loss to “Bigfoot” Silva and get back on the road to a UFC title fight. Of course, Overeem faded and Browne came back to record one of the most thrilling knockouts in recent history.
While it was a massive win for Browne, there are some folks who believe the fight should have been stopped, when Overeem had him pinned along the fence and was hitting him like there was no tomorrow. Not surprisingly, Browne doesn’t agree (comments thank to MMA Junkie.com). Here is some of what the 15-1 heavyweight (which is not a bad record…) had to say about referee Mario Yamasaki’s decision to not stop the fight.
“People are saying, ‘Oh, it should have been stopped earlier,’” said Browne. “Well obviously not because I came back and knocked him out.”
“During the barrage that he was throwing, ‘I could hear Yamasaki saying, ‘You’ve got to move. You’ve got to do something,’” said Browne. “So I was yelling at Yamasaki and saying, ‘I’m OK! I’m OK!’ Then I moved and just showed that I had life left. I was there mentally the whole time.”
And what about after Browne floored Overeem with a front kick and landed a couple more blows to finish the fight?
“His eyes were so far back in his head that I wasn’t even going throw a third hammerfist,” Browne said. “I cocked back, but I was looking at him and thinking, ‘Nah, he’s done. I’m not going to hit him again.”
It was certainly a crazy bout that’s not going to be forgotten any time soon. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.
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