While Antonio Silva called the ending sequence to the UFC 160 main event premature and illegal, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White and heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez have no quarrels with the stoppage.
Following Saturday's (May 25, 2013) event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, "Bigfoot" voiced his complaints at the post-fight press conference (watch it here), saying he was hit will illegal strikes to the back of the head and could have continued to fight before referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop the fight, awarding Velasquez the (technical) knockout victory 81 seconds into the contest.
There didn't seem to be too much protest surrounding the fight result outside of Silva's camp, and from Velasquez perspective the choice to call the fight was justified.
"I thought it was a good stoppage," Velasquez said on FUEL TV's UFC 160 post-fight show. "He wasn't really moving, he wasn't trying to get on his feet or get to his back, so I thought it was a good stoppage."
While Silva wasn't knocked out cold, he was badly hurt after Velasquez landed a clean right cross that sent the Brazilian toppling to the ground. The champion followed up with a flurry of ground shots and Silva stopped intelligently defending himself, which signified that he was done in the referee's eyes.
"It was a good stoppage," White stated after the event. "I don't think it was a bad stoppage. You know me, if I thought it was a bad stoppage I would be freaking out. He got knocked down, he was hurt and he was hammering him.
"Could it have gone a little while longer? Of course, but the ref is in there and he has to make that decision and I have no problems with that stoppage."
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