UFC Fight Night 85 took place last weekend in Brisbane, Australia in front of just over 9,500 people and it was a great event.
Not only did we get to see a great main event clash between former interim title contender Mark Hunt and former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir - which ended in a K.O. punch from the former - but there was also a very controversial moment in the fight before.
There was a welterweight bout between Hector Lombard and Neil Magny which ended with a T.K.O. victory to Magny, but not before he managed to land more than 40 unanswered strikes without the referee, Steve Perceval, stopping the fight.
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As you could imagine, a lot of people were annoyed that the official didn't stop the fight sooner because Lombard wasn't defending himself well enough. He was lying on his belly on the floor and was barely using his hands to defend his head. Many thought the clash should have stopped.
According to MMA Fighting, Tom Wright - the UFC's managing director for operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand - also felt the fight should have been stopped sooner than it was.
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He said: "We were a lot concerned. I think [Magny] said it best. It's the referee's job, is to make sure that a fight is stopped, that the athlete can protect himself or herself. I'm sitting not quite as close as the referee was, but I thought that fight should've been stopped and it should've been stopped a long time before."
As you can see in the clips below, Lombard struggled to defend himself while Magny pounded the strikes onto his head, only to stop and glance at the referee to probably wonder why the fight hasn't been stopped.
The video also shows the experienced referee Marc Goddard putting his hand on his head in disbelief that the fight was still taking place. Even at the start of the third round, Lombard couldn't put his hands in a decent enough position to have a chance of defending any strikes laid onto him by Magny.
Magny may have lost the first round to Lombard, but his perseverance to then land more than 40 unanswered strikes on his opponent managed to earn himself the victory by the third round and picking up the Performance of the Night. This was the American fighter's 11th win since he signed with UFC while this was the Cuban fighter's first loss via T.K.O.
The win for Magny has allowed him to take a huge step towards a possible title shot.
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