Dana White voiced his take about the decision made by the doctor in the main event of the UFC On ESPN+ 31 and based on his comments, he wasn’t thrilled.
Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan took place in a middleweight bout at the UFC On ESPN+ 31 event in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX on Saturday night.
At the end of the second round, Brunson was close to finishing it as he took him down and just rained lethal strikes that could’ve ended it. Finally, in the third round, Brunson got a takedown before finishing him with strikes for the TKO win.
In between rounds, the cageside doctor checked on the prospect but ruled that he was good to continue the fight despite the battering that he received.
Dana White Wasn’t Thrilled
“Shahbazyan looked like he was out at the end of that round,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the post-fight news conference. “I think that the doctor could have stopped … first of all, the doctor’s obviously inexperienced. I don’t know anything about the doctor, but I’ve never seen him before.”
“You’ve got Brunson, who ends that round strong, many could argue that fight could have been stopped there at the end of the round. I’m sure the ref thought that the guy would have time to go back,” White said. “What you don’t do is talk to the guy for (expletive) 10 minutes while he’s hurt. You know what I mean? Either stop the fight or let him continue, but go.”
“You’re letting the kid recover while you’ve got Brunson who did that work while he’s waiting for the bell to ring so that he can go in and finish the fight. Pull the trigger one way or the other. Stop the fight or don’t.”