Lost among the rubble of the UFC Fight Night 78 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place last Saturday night (Nov. 21, 2015) in Monterrey, Mexico, was a controversial "Prelims" bout between struggling Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight Scott Jorgensen and TUF: "Latin America" winner Alejandro Perez.
"El Diablito" picked apart "Young Guns" over the course of round one, causing damage with accurate leg kicks, which caused injury to the ankle area of the latter toward the conclusion of the first frame.
A clearly hobbled Jorgensen continued on valiantly in round two, but was not nearly as mobile as when he first entered the Octagon in Monterrey Arena, causing many fans on social media to speculate as to why the Idaho native's corner would allow him to press on.
Jorgensen has since had time to heal following his technical-knockout loss to Perez, but that didn't stop him from taking reporters to task, who questioned the thought processes of his cornermen.
My thoughts and on that note stream tonight https://t.co/9PPSKMW1SI pic.twitter.com/dARJrm4kqC— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) November 24, 2015
Veteran referee John McCarthy, who was in attendance that evening but didn't oversee Jorgensen's exchange with Perez, isn't on the same page.
"Big John," who has called his fair share of high-profile wars in the last decade-and-a-half, argues that even without a towel-throwing rule, the tilt could've been waved off by referee Gary Copeland, as well as Jorgensen's head coach, since UFC adheres to the Unified Rules of MMA and regulates itself in countries like Mexico, which doesn't have an athletic commission.
McCarthy explains to MMA Fighting:
"You can stop the fight anyway. It's stupid. Take him over to a ringside physician and say, 'I want you to tell me that his foot is okay for him to continue on in this fight in a fashion that he is not going to bring injury to himself. And the ringside physician is going to say, 'No, he's got a problem, because his foot is flopping.' They're not going to able to say exactly what it is, but if they move his foot, Scott is going to go 'ugh!' And guess what's going to happen? The fight is going to stop."
This certainly hasn't been the first time a fighter's corner has received some backlash, nor will it be the last time a referee does, since there will always be armchair MMA experts in abundance.
However, the onus is on the combatant's team to make sure he or she doesn't do more harm than good competing at less than 100 percent.