UFC Fighter Blames Ref For Extra Punches After Vicious KO

Derrick Lewis knocked out Curtis Blaydes in last night’s UFC Vegas 19 main event, and it was terrifying. The fight was a success, but many thought Derrick Lewis threw a couple extra punches.


His explanation for the extra blows actually makes sense:

“Because his corner, his coaches was talking, talking, ‘That was bull****.’ I was saying, ‘That’s not my fault, that’s Herb Dean’s fault (the referee).’

“I’m going to keep fighting until the referee pulls you off. That’s with anyone. Same thing could happen to me. I’m going to just keep fighting until the referee says stop.”

Being realistic, UFC fighters are on “100” and probably can’t help themselves. How could we expect any fighter seeing red to suddenly turn that switch off? My only issue with his statement was that he should’ve said he didn’t realize Blaydes was knocked out until the ref got involved. When he says ‘don’t blame me, blame him’–he comes across like he doesn’t care.

And not that this is an organization that prides itself on PR antics and “caring,” but he practically killed Curtis Blaydes. That’s where the insinuations were really coming from. Blaydes’ corner probably couldn’t help but be angry that their fighter was taking two full overhand rights for no good reason. It’s tough to watch.

Either way, we’re glad to see Blaydes made it out okay, and we look forward to seeing him jump back in the octagon soon.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I’m surprised no one has been killed from this yet. I’ve seen it happen a lot, and it’s incredibly dangerous. And I’m sorry, a fighter knows when his opponent is out cold. They’re full of crap if they say otherwise. When you’re wailing away on a guy’s face, he’s not defending himself, and his eyes have rolled back in his head, yeah, you stop. A ref who is slow to call the fight shouldn’t be allowed back. It’s literally someone’s life your fooling with.

  2. I saw the fight and was rooting for Blaydes but Lewis is right. You go until the ref does his job. Maybe two seconds passed. Perhaps it should not be that way but that’s the game and the risk.

    On that same card I saw one of the other fights a guy got knocked out, ref stepped in just as the guy snapped back out of it. He was so pissed the rep stopped the fight. Just because a guy is out doesn’t mean he won’t be back in a blink so you keep going.

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