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Cung Le is hurt.
Not only because Wanderlei Silva turned his face into corned beef hash in the co-main event of UFC 139, but also because the referee did nothing to stop "The Axe Murderer" from landing strikes to the back of his head last Saturday night (Nov. 19, 2011) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
That's according to Le, who vented earlier today on his official Facebook page:
The back of my head hurts more than my face. The Ref needs to watch the strikes to the back of the head more...
After a strong first round that saw Le rattle his Brazilian foe with an arsenal of flashy kicks, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion ran out of steam, allowing Silva to unleashed a flurry of knees and punches that forced the technical knockout stoppage at 4:49 of the second stanza.
When the fight was called, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan expressed his dissatisfaction with the timing of the stoppage. Le, battered and bloodied, was clinging to a leg and trying to survive.
The ref disagreed.
Fans are likely to dispute the timing of the stoppage, but no one is disputing the fact that Le was in all kinds of trouble. But did the aforementioned strikes to the back of his head have anything to do with his downfall?
Or just sour grapes?
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