Originally Posted by UFC_OWNS
Heat of the moment especially for submissions, the phantom tap is a real thing and bustamante his backstabbing coach was one of the innovators of that. I can't tell you how many times in practice I have had guys say tap or tap on me or the ground and then say no no I didn't tap. So in a real fight with a lot more on the line people are likely to do this even more because of the higher stakes.
I dont disagree with that. But like i said i just dont believe that Palhares did not see the ref. I think he did a good enough job to be seen and if i recall i think he even made contact on the chest or shoulder before going for the arms. (I think thats up for debate though since i wasnt 100% what i was seeing when i watched it. But i dont think anyone wants to debate that again. I know i dont.)
Thus i put the blame on Palhares and the Ref.
And i think closing your eyes when going for a submission is really irresponsible and thats what iv seen people claim he did and thats why he did not see the ref.
But to comment on your point
Heat of the moment works both ways for subs and punches. Almagov still managed to stop the second the Ref jumped in. And if someone does not stop when the ref jumps in well Heat of the Moment is a crap excuse. One that should get zero sympathy from anyone.
To me it looked more like Palhares wasnt heat of the moment but more i dont like Pierce and an extra second or two cant hurt if it looks like i can get away with it. And closing your eyes and looking away is a good way to go about that.