"He took some hard shots when they were against the fence, he was looking for a way out. He was blocking some punches. At one point he tried to spin to push Shane away and took a couple shots. And then again, went for a deep half guard position and took a couple more shots. When he curled up after that is when I commanded him to fight back, which at that point he did, and then he went for feet on the hips to push Carwin away and was able to get to his knees. He pretty much ran with it. He heard -- he responded to my commands."
-- Referee Josh Rosenthal was recently a guest on ESPNs "MMA Live," explaining his critical decision to let heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar continue in the first round despite eating more than 50 Shane Carwin knuckle sandwiches. Lesnar was moving, and he eventually got to his feet toward the end of the round, but few would have said boo if Rosenthal stopped the UFC 116 main event before that time. Lesnar even thanked Rosenthal several times in his post-fight remarks. That's because he came out in round two and choked out an "adrenaline-dumped" Carwin to miraculously retain his title. Steve Mazzagatti, take notes.