‘Dangling, flopping’: UFC world in disbelief over ref’s ‘absurd’ miss
The UFC world was left stunned after Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill were allowed to continue to fight despite the latter suffering a badly dislocated arm.
Craig, a submission expert, won by a TKO in the first round after trapping Hill’s left elbow with an armbar, immediately forcing him to get on the defensive.
Craig was able to secure the TKO victory with a series of elbows and punches while Hill struggled to move with his arm flopping around.
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The incredible scenes left Joe Rogan stunned in commentary.
“It’s flopping around. It’s completely broken. Look at his arm just flopping around. That is crazy,” Rogan.
It quickly became clear that Hill’s arm was badly dislocated but the referee Al Guinee allowed it to continue until the rising star tapped.
Guinee eventually stepped in to stop the fight as it became painstakingly obvious that Hill was struggling but the late call left the commentators shocked.
“Just stop it. Just stop it. Just stop it: That is so nasty,” Rogan added as the ref stepped in.
“That should have been stopped way before,” Paul Felder added.
“When the ref sees that thing dangling around and flopping all over the place, I think it’s time to stop the fight.”
“He looks at the referee, by the way, who should have stopped the fight at that juncture,” Jon Anik replied.
Craig said post-fight he could sense there was a clear issue with his opponent’s arm but that it was not his job to do anything about it other than end the bout.
“You either tap, nap, or it snaps. Tonight it happened to snap,” he said.
“I felt it go ... it’s the ref’s job to protect my opponent. My job’s to finish the fight.
“It was like a wet fish just dancing all over my body.”
It was just as clear for viewers watching from home with many amazed the fight went on for so long.