John McCarthy on Derrick Lewis’ punches on unconscious Curtis Blaydes: ‘That’s what happens at times’
Position and speed can mean the difference between one extra concussive blow and three of them, and in the case of Derrick Lewis’ knockout of Curtis Blaydes, both weren’t entirely in Herb Dean’s favor.
That’s according to veteran official and current Bellator commentator John McCarthy, who said that while Dean’s performance at UFC Vegas 19 wasn’t perfect, it was as good as could be expected given the particular circumstances.
Dean, whose calls have been the subject of frequent controversy among fans, fighters and even UFC employees, found himself trending after a pair of heavyweight fights – Aleksei Oleinik vs. Chris Daukaus and Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis. In the former, Oleinik took several unanswered punches while covering up on his feet, while Blaydes took two while he was unconscious.
Dean was criticized for not stopping the Oleinik fight soon enough as the Russian floundered. But McCarthy said Oleinik’s history may have played a factor in the leeway he got before being taken out of the fight.
“Could Herb have stopped it earlier? Yes, he could have,” McCarthy said on the …
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