The light heavyweight matchup, which took spot at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, was marred with controversy when Tognoni misidentified a next-spherical strike by Rodriguez (11-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) as a very low blow rather of a thoroughly clean shot that dropped Herman (26-14 MMA, 13-10 UFC) and should’ve led to a TKO.
Herman was afforded time to get better, as for every the rules of an unlawful strike to the groin, and it proved to be a enormous turning position. “The Final Fighter 3” finalist managed to rally in the third round, locking in a slick kimura from base position that compelled Rodriguez to tap out.
White was incensed by the miscalculation, and he put Tognoni on blast for it.
“It’s difficult not to bang on this man,” White instructed reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the UFC on ESPN+ 35 publish-struggle information conference. “The worst I have ever noticed. He’s a (expletive) Mazzagatti degree. That’s some (Steve) Mazzagatti-degree (expletive) right there. That was just one of the worst things I’ve ever noticed. That kid wins by knockout, specialized knockout and loses the battle. It’s one of the worst items I’ve at any time observed.”
White believed the use of an in-struggle immediate replay would’ve very easily rectified the circumstance. Nevada Point out Athletic Fee only enable a replay following a battle is termed, while, and a bout are unable to be restarted the moment it is utilized.
That’s not a superior sufficient process, White mentioned, and he admitted to encouraging the sanctioning system overseeing the event to update its protocols.
“I was all around them tonight about replay,” White claimed. “We acquired to have replay. There is received to be replay. All you’ve received to do is search at the (expletive) replay that’s playing 6,000 periods while Herman’s on the ground and say, ‘Oh (expletive), I produced a miscalculation.’ How you feel that is a groin kick is future amount nuts, but no matter what. It takes place. What are you heading to do it? It happened.”
Rodriguez’s group announced in just minutes of the consequence that it was heading to file an charm of the battle. Whether or not that proves successful or not stays to be witnessed, but as of now, it is pretty much universally agreed that Rodriguez was robbed of a earn on his file.
White explained he’s heading to do his very best to make things ideal with the fighter on his conclude, however. He discovered that he will pay out Rodriguez the “win” part of his combat purse considering that he so strongly believes the athlete was supplied an unfair shake.
“We’re supplying Mike his income, as well,” White said. “He received the (expletive) battle.”