Former UFC champion Daniel Cormier has expressed his disappointment with the controversial events that occurred in Las Vegas past weekend. In an unfortunate turn of events, a fight was judged a ‘no contest’ because of the referee’s mistake. This happened in the fight between Édgar Cháirez and Daniel Lacerda.
The bout began with Cháirez taking a strong lead, effectively landing blows and low kicks, setting the tone for the highly anticipated bout. In response, Lacerda was ready with a powerful leg kick in an attempt to hurt his opponent who was looking good.
With 2 minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the round, Lacerda decided to go for a takedown, and although Cháirez went for an armbar, he couldn’t secure it but did manage to get back to his feet.
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Once back on his feet, Cháirez reversed a clinch against the cage and attempted a standing guillotine choke. Referee Chris Tognoni hesitated to intervene multiple times, creating a tense atmosphere. Finally, he intervened prematurely, separating the fighters, and the fight was later declared a no-decision after a review by ringside officials.
Many, including former UFC double champ Daniel Cormier, are not happy with the decision. On his YouTube channel, DC expressed that when the referee asked him about the same inside the octagon, he straightaway told the official that he had committed a big mistake.
“I understand everything is moving fast. You are working in real time, but I thought you made a mistake,” said Daniel Cormier. Naturally, fans and the fighters themselves would be hoping for a rematch.
Daniel Cormier wants Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko 3
The UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Sept. 16, dedicated to celebrating Mexican Independence Day, delivered an unforgettable spectacle from start to finish. The headliner for the night was the women’s flyweight title bout between the reigning champion, Alexa Grasso, and the former champion, Valentina Shevchenko.
This showdown was a closely contested and intense battle, making a strong case for either fighter to emerge as the winner. However, it concluded with a controversial split-draw decision.
Moreover, what left everyone scratching their heads was the judgment by Mike Bell, who awarded Grasso an additional point, turning the fifth round into a 10-8, ultimately resulting in the baffling final score of 47-47. The decision was beyond the understanding of many.
UFC commentator and analyst Daniel Cormier wants a trilogy fight between the two flyweight veterans, as he said, “They’ve got to run it back. We’ve got to have these two women fight again. I feel like every time we match them up, we’re in for a tremendous fight between these two.”
What did you make of the two fights that attracted so much controversy? Tell us in the comments!