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"The ref [Mario Yamasaki] was going, ‘Eh, is [Couture] OK?’ Mario was trying to give him time [to recover]. There’s a fine line between that and [allowing] too many punches. When I saw Randy go back down, I thought we had crossed that line."
UFC President Dana White indicates that Randy Couture was given perhaps too much time to recover after Brock Lesnar dropped and stormed him with about 30 unanswered hammer fists and elbows during the main event at UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" on November 15. In the post fight press conference Lesnar "dodged" the issue [even though he said he was waiting for the stoppage] and Couture said it was all good. It didn't appear to be too much -- anything less and fans could have been screaming it was too early. Then again UFC 91 received unprecedented mainstream media coverage, which is perhaps a bit alarming with such a finish. Steve Cofield takes it a step farther, asking if the stoppage could actually hurt UFC's chance to get consistent coverage from ESPN. Thoughts?
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