Last night, UFC Fight Night 62 took place at Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event featured a welterweight clash between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare.
On the preliminary card, fans witnessed possibly the worst stoppage in a UFC fight ever, when referee Eduardo Herdy (a supposed Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt) awarded Leandro Silva a submission win over Drew Dober, courtesy of a phantom tap. As you can see in the video above, Dober never tapped, and to make matters worse, he was about to escape the guillotine choke and end up in top position.
UFC President Dana White blasted the official at the post-fight press conference, and told the media there was no question the fight should be turned to a "No Contest." It's easier said than done, since the Brazilian Athletic Commission will presumably protect their own, but this call was utterly disgraceful. It must be noted the UFC -- or any fight promotion for that matter -- cannot overturn a decision by itself, and that appointing a referee (or judges) or reversing a call is the athletic commission's job (no matter where the fight takes place).
Was Herdy's call a terrible mistake, or was he showing favoritism? If the latter is true, this corrupt official should never referee a fight again.
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