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Midnight Mania! Referee Jason Herzog responds to Anthony Smith controversy, ‘Blame me’

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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.

“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.


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