Cain Velasquez defended the UFC heavyweight championship against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva last night with his outstanding take-down defense, and winning by TKO in the first round. It was his first bout since he regained the strap from Junior dos Santos at UFC 155. It was unfortunate for “Bigfoot,” who lost the fight in similar fashion to Velasquez last year, minus the puddle of blood and arguably a bad referee call. Joe Rogan confirmed it was good during the replay, but “Bigfoot” feels completely different about it, and thinks referees should be penalized for bad calls.
“I do agree the fight was stopped too early,” Silva said in the event’s post-fight press conference. “My way of thinking is that the same that applies to athletes who are penalized when they do something wrong or illegal, should also apply to referees when they do something wrong. They, too, should be penalized.”
Additionally, “Bigfoot” also vented about the illegal blows to the back of the neck, which he covered with an ice pack after the fight, and comically aided by Dos Santos during the UFC 160 post-fight presser.
“I don’t want to say too much, I’d rather you each just watch the fight’s playback,” he continued. “It’s clear watching it that I took several illegal blows to the back of my neck. The referee explained to me that the first illegal blow should be a warning that should be issued. The second should be penalized on points. In seeing the playback, you can see that I took several illegal blows to the back of my neck.”
Is “Bigfoot” right in this situation? Should referees be penalized just like fighters? Leave your thought in the comments section below.