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Referee Josh Rosenthal admits he was 'slow on the trigger' with late stoppage for Mark Munoz

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July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Mark Munoz (bottom) fights Chris Weidman (top) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Mark Munoz (bottom) fights Chris Weidman (top) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

"Just a little."

In the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 4, undefeated Middleweight monster Chris Weidman dropped opponent Mark Munoz with a short elbow, before pouncing on him and landing punch after punch.

After punch after punch...

It was a sight that quickly became uncomfortable, as the "All American," who within the guidelines of mixed martial arts (MMA) can continue punching until the referee stops the action, was able to land several punishing blows to the dome of the lifeless "Filipino Wrecking Machine," despite what appeared to be a clear indication he was no longer conscious.

On July 11, 2012 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Josh Rosenthal failed.

Now. the veteran referee is owning up to his main event mistake (via Sirius XM's TapouT Radio show) and admits he was "just a little slow on the trigger" and in the future must "step his game up for the next guys."

Those comments, after the jump.

"I came home and I watched it, and I was kind of like you know, if I was sitting here, watching this on the couch, I probably would have been talking smack about myself. I always say accountability is a huge part of the sport, and you are accountable for your actions. I feel like I was just a little slow on the trigger. I don't want to see guys take unnecessary punishment. It's a rough sport. Everyone knows what they sign in for, but it's a millisecond-basis game. You're making choices right there on the spot, and in the heat of the moment, I felt like I was seeing some stuff. In hindsight, I have to step my game up and make sure I'm on point for the next guys."

The victorious Weidman (9-0) failed to impress fellow middleweight Michael Bisping and has yet to be named division number one contender, but wants a shot at Anderson Silva's belt and even thinks he can submit him in the process.

Time will tell.

Alright Maniacs, you've heard Rosenthal's response about letting Munoz get his cranium cracked. Satisfactory? Or were you hoping for a little more "accountability?"

Thoughts?