Although Junior dos Santos took a serious beating during his recent stoppage loss to heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez at UFC 166, once again the highly regarded fighter demonstrated how ridiculously tough he is. Case in point, it was reported after the bout that dos Santos couldn’t recall the fight past the second round, even though it went into the fifth…
While there’s no questioning the heart and determination of JDS, one of the post-fight debates has been whether he should have been allowed to continue in the first place. UFC President Dana White relayed afterwards that, in his opinion, the fight should have been stopped way earlier. Chael Sonnen has made it clear he feels the same. While speaking at a recent Q&A session in Manchester, England, “The American Gangster” had this to say about the brutal fight and the former champ’s corner (comments via MMA Weekly.com):
“The doctor comes in twice. What that doctor was looking for, I have no idea. The referee didn’t stop the fight, though he should have. Ultimately it defaults to your cornerman, who you trust, who is like a father figure. And that guy let Junior dos Santos down, period,” added Sonnen. “The commission licenses these cornermen. I don’t have the foggiest idea why. I guest just to take their $25. That should be the first cornerman that’s suspended. That was beyond wrong what he did.”
“You do not stop the fight when your fighter can no longer continue. You stop the fight when your fighter can no longer win. The second your guy can’t win, you get him out of there,” he said. “That fight should have been stopped way earlier. It knocked years off of Junior’s life and career. That cornerman should be fired.”
It’s pretty hard to argue with Sonnen, and although it can be hard to determine when your fighter “can no longer win”, obviously an athlete’s health should always come first. The good news is that JDS was examined afterwards at a hospital and was okay.
Yuri Carlton, “Cigano’s” jiu-jitsu coach, said after the October 19th bout that he “never considered throwing in the towel”, and argued that fighters come back “all the time” and win in the last round…Carlton also added that the fighter’s boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dorea would have been the one “to decide”, in terms of tossing in the towel.
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