Mike Rodriguez was just seconds away from his second straight knockout win when referee Chris Togoni stopped his fight with Ed Herman.
After Harman falls on the mat, Togoni declares a low blow that causes a knock. But the replays clearly showed that Rodriguez attacked the body with a knee that did not come anywhere near the waist.
Unfortunately, the referee was not allowed to change his decision based on replays, so the fight continued and Herman staged a miraculous comeback to present Rodriguez with Kimura in the third round.
Following the incident, UFC President Dana White erupted when a foul call was made addressing Togoni’s controversial decision, which never happened, which ultimately deserved Rodriguez’s victory.
“It is the hardest thing not to bang on this man – I’ve ever seen,” White quoted Togoni at the UFC Vegas 10 post-fight press conference. “He is the f ** king” [Steve] Mazzagatti level. Some Mazzagatti-level sh * t right there. It was one of the worst things I’ve seen so far.
“That kid wins by knockout, technical knockout, and loses the fight. One of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Disgusting.”
White also complained about the referee’s inability for a replay to change the call, even though it was clear that he had made a mistake by stopping Rodriguez from fighting the fight for an obvious low blow instead of a TKO victory.
In Nevada, replays allowed by the authorities are of limited use, but only after the fighting sequence ends. Because the referee declared dishonesty rather than an end, they were not allowed to use replays in that instance.
“I was about to play again tonight,” White said, addressing the Nevada Athletic Commission. “We have to play again. Will play there again. All you have to do is look at the f ** king replay, which is playing 6,000 times, while Harman is on the ground, ‘Oh sh * t I made a mistake.’ Not only did this happen, but that ‘time’ was gone. And Mike Rodriguez goes, ‘Time? What do you mean time Fight over. ‘Then they start fighting again, he kills her again, and kills her with 15 punches and elbows and he still doesn’t stop it.
“I thought Ed Herman had that man’s money or something. Just like what Ed Herman did to this guy ** Only Ed Herman could pull that thing, because that guy is so rude. All of you. Can’t see anything. They are humans. You can’t see everything. That’s hard enough. How do you think a groin kick is the next level crazy, but whatever happens but what are you going to do? Happened.”
White never shies away from targeting the referee or official, especially when Mazzagatti was a regular at UFC events in Nevada. Mazzagatti has not recovered a UFC card in years after retiring from his referee’s duties, but when a poor decision is made in a fight, White rarely misses an opportunity to invoke his name.
On Saturday night it was Togoni’s turn to get White’s tiered.
“I’m telling you, no one has ever killed a f ** k more than a mazhagatti, and it was a majjagatti moment for that man.” “It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. He is finished. The battle was over.
He said, “As he is being knocked down and the f ** king gives him time to wake up and he can fight again. Virtually how it was. Then as he stood up, the whole body of his body was as red. Was as red as can be. “
Rodriguez’s manager Tyson Chartier has already stated that he intends to file an appeal, but based on previous cases, it is unlikely that the commission will actually overturn the decision. Thankfully White stated that Rodriguez would be compensated appropriately for the fight, and he suffered no injuries as a result of the submission made by Herman in the third round.
“That’s what I was really worried about,” White said. “This kid gets robbed that way, and he’s got a broken arm. He doesn’t have a broken arm. He’s fine, which is awesome.
“We are also giving Mike his winning money. He won the battle of the f ** king. “