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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tito vs Shamrock Stoppage

What are your thoughts?
After watching the video, i believe it was a good call. What are your thoughts.

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There were 4 or 5 unanswered elbows to Ken's face. That was a good call to stop the fight.

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If anyone thinks that it was a bullshit call, is a complete fool.
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I Think He Should Have Let Tito Throw One Or Two More Elbows B4 He Stopped It..but I Can See Why He Stopped It


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I understand the importance of protecting a fighter but a professional referee must take into account the circumstances inside the ring as well as outside the ring. I would never second guess a referree who is right there listening and watching mere feet away. Especially when I was watching a 57" big screen with only the poorly chosen angles called by the director in the truck. However, when taking the totality of the situation, I wish Dean would have waited a few more seconds. While Tito's first two elbows were about as devastating as any I've seen, the third, fourth and fifth elbows were more glancing blows with Shamrock's head turned. Again only the first two were totally flush. And the fact that Shamrock sprung to his feet in protest instantaniously demonstrated clearly that he was not seriously hurt and was aware of his surroundings.
So for those like myself who felt the stoppage was premature the question then becomes, well how many more elbows would have been sufficient for a proper stoppage? I've been watching fights for four decades and it just "felt" premature. If Dean had waiting just another second or two I think everyone would have had a clear cut definitive answer as to whether Shamrock was totally helpless or could have somehow avoided further damage. I feel Ortiz would still have won decisively but the decisiveness of his victory was taken from him.
Going back to my original point about "the circumstances inside the ring as well as outside the ring" I feel Dean had to understand that this was a very important fight for both men, a defining fight, more so for the older Shamrock then the younger Ortiz. This was probably the last time Shamrock could go through that type of training camp and emerge injury free and still pretty much at the top of his game. Shamrock is a true legend and has helped pioneer the sport, he deserved every possible consideration in his last "important" fight. Simply stated, Shamrock was not give enough benefit of the doubt. For two up and comers, I would not have had a problem with this sort of stoppage, for someone of Shamrock's stature, the referee should have been aware of the nuiance of this matchup and the consequences. When two greats like Ali and Frasier were in the ring a ref like Arthur Mercante would surely have both fighters best interest as the paramount concern while simultainiously acknowledging their stature and the elevated responsibility of not short changing their respective efforts.
UFC 61's stoppage is definately an argueable point but I would just like to cast one vote for: too early.

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Tito said before the fight he wants to be the first person to SERIOUSLY injure someone and put them in the hospital for a long time...in UFC history.....had the fight not been stopped, he would have done just that.......im not sure why theres so much controversy

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ken in NO WAY was defending himself, let alone intelligently.....i wanted him to win, so in a way im disappointed at the outcome, but I am not upset they stopped it
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Watching it live through UFC on demand..it looked like Ken should have definitely went for that arm bar attempt, but I can understand that he probably realized what risks that would have left him vulnerable to. And about the stoppage...I think Ken Shamrock could have taken several more elbows before being in any danger. He may have went limp from the first strike, but Ken was still not rocked. Ken's guard is dangerous, but Tito is a ground-and-pound expert and utilized that that in the first fight back in vendetta, and he used it again with a nice body slam in the beginning of the first-and-final round. Ken is definitely seasoned but is also willing to work his ass off. I'd like to see #3..but I still think Tito will whoop his ass again if that ever happens. by the way. what do you guys think was up with ken's smile during glove-tap. even though those two would never tap gloves for the end of the world. And Ken was throwing some wild bombs as soon as he came out...and when he was defending the take-down...he was defending it for his life..you could tell by the look on his face. if chuck gets past bobalu and wanderlei...tito has a good chance for a title shot. looks like chuck's fightcard is getting filled up pretty quickly.
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I have to agree with DAT About 5 more seconds was what was really needed to tell what was going on.. Ken looked fine to me a red mark on the face.. thats nothing.. granted I have seen Ken in better shape.. but he came out swining great take down by Tito.. I stillthink he is a punk.. BUt I do not think either fighter should be happy with this out come...

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After all the disputing is over, and the smoke clears....people will still argue back and fourth on whether Ken was really that badly hurt, or if Herb Dean stepped in too quickly. I mean, Ken was laying there, with his head propped up against the cage, and Tito dropped 2 REAL VICIOUS elbows, and 3 lackluster elbows. Ken didn't seem all that banged up once he jumped up - but that's just that fighter's mentality (ex: Tim Sylvia post-fight UFC 48), so who knows man. All I know is this, by the way Tito was talking post-fight, I think we can expect Dana White to make Ortiz/Shamrock III a big deal sometime down the road. You know...Shamrock can play the "I wasn't even close to being hurt - none of Ortiz's shots can phase me blah, blah, blah" card and Tito can play the "I smashed his face in that quickly, but Herb stepped in and saved Ken's ass - but if he wants to go again...I'll just beat his old ass down some more..." card. UFC will market that shyt all over the place. You know it would go down like that too.

I for one am sick of these two already, and don't really want to see another fight. Just my two cents.
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Originally Posted by The Don
I have to agree with DAT About 5 more seconds was what was really needed to tell what was going on.. Ken looked fine to me a red mark on the face.. thats nothing.. granted I have seen Ken in better shape.. but he came out swining great take down by Tito.. I stillthink he is a punk.. BUt I do not think either fighter should be happy with this out come...
... and the rematch in November will keep Tito busy while waiting for Chuck to become available again.
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