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In the 48 hours or so since Glover Teixeira brutalized Anthony Smith (watch HERE!), there’s been a lot of talk about who to blame. A great deal of the focus has been on Smith’s corner, who had two opportunities to save him following brutal rounds and opted to send Smith back into the Octagon to receive more punishment.
However, the bout’s referee, Jason Herzog, has issued a statement, taking on the blame.
#UFCJAX pic.twitter.com/Y4DefYSdrm— Jason Herzog (@JasonHerzogMMA) May 15, 2020
“This sport of MMA is beautiful, it’s pure. And an incredible teacher. Some lessons are more harsh than others. I’ve seen a lot of opinions about what should have happen, who was at fault” Herzog wrote. “But let me be clear, there is only one person to blame. Me.
“I am responsible for each fighter I am entrusted to oversee. I will take this experience, make the necessary changes, and get better.”
While Smith himself has released a statement brushing off the loss and damage, it’s actually refreshing to see an official handle criticism well. MMA has a long history of sketchy officiating, and overseeing crews generally take offense at the idea of being anything less than perfect.
You are not likely to see a judge convey a similar message after a bad decision, for example.
Tony Ferguson respectfully responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s pleasantries, while still implying their fight will happen someday. Maybe hope is still alive?
Francis Ngannou wants all the smoke.
Apparently there’s talks of a Bryce Mitchell vs. Ali Abdelaziz grappling match?
U kno I am https://t.co/qz1BhDcg0V— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) May 15, 2020
Nike Pryce is healing quickly following his vicious battle with Vicente Luque.
Healing up like wolverine #ufc #battlewounds pic.twitter.com/byG2tAK4OH— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) May 14, 2020
I am in a mild state of shock that Edson Barboza made the 145 lbs. weight limit. That man is lean!
Dan Ige is ready to welcome Edson Barboza to the featherweight division!— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 15, 2020
The Brazilian is looking lean and mean! #UFCFL | Midnight Saturday | BT Sport 1 HD pic.twitter.com/poLpERaFTQ
Ryan Bader’s pranks are ruthless, hope those weights didn’t crush anything too important.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
You know it’s going to be a sweet clip when it’s grainy, black and white footage.
#OnThisDay in 1953, Rocky Marciano defended the heavyweight title with a 1st round KO of Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago #boxing #history pic.twitter.com/FXFyuyi2IN— Boxing History (@BoxingHistory) May 15, 2020
The big gloves in the cage look is strange — either way, Zarembo got bombed for standing tall and dropping his hands in the pocket.
Yury Bybochkin TKO's Ilya Zarembo. Dropped him hard in R2 and then again in R3. He was gone, good stop by the ref. #BFC52 pic.twitter.com/GGHi6GYC2n— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 14, 2020
Maher shows some nice outside kickboxing: active low kicks, stiff jab, and an excellent finish by letting the opponent walk forward into a real power shot.
BFC 52 main event: Denis Maher (7-0) TKO's Evgeniy Vorona. And still BFC Middleweight champ. #BFC52 pic.twitter.com/IhOME4iQTZ— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 14, 2020
A loud gator.
Midnight Music: St. Vincent does not miss! All her albums are legit.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.