The recent UFC 295 event was headlined by a thrilling bout between Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka, with Pereira ultimately emerging victorious via technical knockout in the second round. However, the stoppage has sparked controversy, with many questioning whether it was too early.
UFC veteran Matt Brown has now weighed in on the matter, adding his voice to the group that believes the referee, Marc Goddard, ended the fight prematurely. In a recent interview on the "The Fighter vs. The Writer" podcast, Brown expressed his view on the controversial stoppage.
"It was definitely early," he stated. "I don't think that's in question, especially at this level, and especially at the level of a title fight." Brown further elaborated on his stance, emphasizing the importance of allowing fighters to continue competing, even in the face of adversity.
"This is what we do for a living," he explained. "Give the guy a chance. We've seen some crazy comebacks." While acknowledging the challenges faced by referees in making split-second decisions, Brown maintained his belief that the fight was stopped too soon.
"You have to be fair to the refs and say they have a split second to make a decision, it's a tough situation, but this was early," he asserted. Brown also expressed his belief that Prochazka would have been able to overcome the adversity had he been given the opportunity to continue.
"By the way, I think Prochazk wouldn't have taken it, I think Alex would have finished him and Alex would have taken more damage, but I'd rather see him take that damage and come out with or on the shield."
Prochazka is a very humble man
Despite the controversial nature of the stoppage, Prochazka has handled the situation with grace and humility.
He has acknowledged Goddard's decision and expressed his acceptance of the outcome. "Humility emanates from Jiri," Brown praised Prochazka. "Even if it was the worst breakup in the world, you wouldn't see him complaining and complaining.
He might say something about it, but he definitely wouldn't complain. He's just that kind of man, the samurai spirit is deep inside to his blood. I don't think you'll ever hear him complain and I have the utmost respect for his behavior," Brown concluded.
Ultimately, the decision rests with the referee, and it is up to each individual to decide whether or not they agree with the outcome.