“I Had No Problem” – Dana White Gives Verdict on the Controversy Around Herb Dean’s Stoppage at UFC 264

Published 07/11/2021, 12:05 PM EDT


UFC 264 is over and it really had some “shocking” moments for the capacity crowd at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White commented on the Bantamweight division fight between ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley and the replacement fighter Kris Moutinho was nothing short of an all-out brawl.

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The match ended dramatically when referee Herb Dean stopped the match and declared ‘Sugar’ as a winner via TKO. In the post-fight conference UFC President Dana White said that the fight had to be stopped, and he has no problem with the stoppage.

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“I think it could’ve been stopped three minutes before that. It could’ve stopped at the second round. That fight could’ve and should’ve been stopped at any moment. I had no problem with that stoppage.” Dana said at the conference.

Youngster Kris Moutinho did not seem happy with the referee’s decision to stop the match. But officials seemingly took the right call to stop the match before Moutinho got more hurt.

Sean O’Malley praised Kris Moutinho after the match

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Sean O’Malley reacts after his knockout victory over Thomas Almeida of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

O’Malley dominated his opponent throughout the fight from start to finish. Moutinho didn’t back down and absorbed all of that hard-hitting like a sponge, he was refusing to back down and showed the crowd great resilience. Nevertheless, in the third round, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight citing medical attention for Kris who took multiple shots to the head but the kid was still on his feet and.

After the fight, Joe Rogan interviewed ‘Sugar’ inside the octagon, congratulating him on his dominant performance. O’Malley soon gave his respect to Kris saying he’s a tough competitor and no one would accept a fight on 11 days’ notice like he did.

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“Kris is a tough mother******. He took this fight on 11 days’ notice when a lot of people in the UFC wouldn’t even take it. Kris is a bad mother******,” 

The Bantamweight champion was relentless with his shots, and he struck from start to finish, but it was clearly not a walk in a park for the champ, Moutinho put up a very courageous fight against his opponent, and was praised for his performance.

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Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho via TKO in round 3.

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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