Dana White and Ronda Rousey OK with Controversial UFC 170 Main Event Stoppage
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.23.2014
Sara McMann thinks it was quick, though...
Following UFC 170, UFC President Dana White and women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gave their thoughts on the first round TKO stoppage in the main event title bout between Rousey and top contender Sara McMann by referee Herb Dean. Rousey dropped McMann with a shot to the body a short time before Dean came in and waved off the fight. McMann herself also weighed in on the stoppage. Below are some highlights.
McMann's thoughts on the stoppage: "Looking back, it did seem kind of quick on the screen. Things are kind of slowed down in my head in the cage. I felt it connect, and my body just flew to protect itself. I heard [Dean's] voice, and I immediately tried to get back up. I'm not going to blame a referee for something I feel like I should be able to control. I should get up quicker. If you want to win fights, you just have to do it, regardless of what's going on."
Dana White on how the fight was stopped: "Listen, guys. I've been in this business a long time. I've seen that happen to Oscar de la Hoya and many other great fighters. You get hit to the body like that, and regular people who have never been hit to the body have no f—ing clue what that feels like. Believe me when I tell you that. [McMann] went down to her knees, and she turned her head the other way. Could Herb have let her take some shots to the face? Definitely. But when the fight happened and I saw it, I said, ‘Oh man.' And then I watched the replay. When I watched the replay, I thought it was a good stoppage."
Rousey commenting on the stoppage at the post-fight press conference: "I didn't think it was too soon. I'd have kept going if someone didn't stop me. But it's not my decision. That's why they have a referee in there to make sure no one gets hurt more than they need to. I promised my coach this time that I was going to drop her with a body shot. We called it. We trained it a lot. That was a goal I had in this fight. I don't like calling it and saying it to the media. But to my coach, I promised him I was really going to try. I'm happy I did that."