Lets face it – rarely does an MMA event pass without a touch of controversy and UFC 157: Rousey Vs Carmouche was no different. On the main card, Robbie Lawler returned to the UFC to fight seasoned veteran Josh Koscheck, and Lawler was able to finish Koscheck early in the fight with strikes. Fans, fighters, and analysts took to Twitter and Facebook to tear about referee Herb Dean for his ‘early stoppage,’ but Dean has set the record straight and has broken his silence as to why he stopped the bout.
He told Sherdog:
“I saw a fighter take a big shot and stop fighting. I saw he was controlled. (Lawler) was controlling his position, and (Koscheck) wasn’t doing anything to take back control of that position. I saw shots coming and I saw his hands moving away from defending himself. People don’t do that on purpose. People do that because they’re hurt, and my job is to keep them from getting hurt.. As far as that stoppage, I don’t say it was the most definitive because he (Koscheck) did kind of recover fast. But based on what I’m looking at when I stop a fight, I think I felt good about what I did.”