Originally Posted by ClydebankBlitz
Serious danger is when, if the fight goes on, they will permanently damage you
....Fedor arguably won the next two rounds. He continued, he fought on. Win, lose or draw, that was the right call.
If the fighter taking the beating isn't completely out, stopping a fight or not is solely a referee's decision, based on his own reasons at the time.
If referees opinions may vary, I expect fans opinions would too. That being said, what I've said before was it is irrelevant to mention the next rounds when what is in question is the decision of stopping the fight or not.
How many times we've seeing fights being stopped solely because one wasn't fighting back or unable to block punches without ever being out? Was Weidman out when they stopped the fight? What if he could continue to take a beating to the end of second and come back strong on the third and retains his belt? It doesn't matter.
There is no such thing like "it was the best call because the guy won the following rounds
". That's the point. It's fighter's integrity that shall matter in the eyes of the referee at the moment, nothing that happened in the future matters.
PS: Just to make clear. I don't think it was an outrage to keep the fight going. That isn't an issue to me. Maldonado himself said he agrees with the referee's decision to keep the fight going.
That being said, I am also sure that fight would be stopped on the first round if it was Maldonado taking that same beating and wandering on wobbly legs accross that Russian cage instead of Fedor.