I've seen 3 or 4 fights when I've thought Dean stopped the fight too early. However, when I see the replay he's bang on the money EVERY time.
The problem is if your "favorite" is on the receiving end it's hard to take. When AA went down against Sylvia (2nd fight) Herb had no option as Sylvia was wailing on him & all Arlivski did was block the punches with his chin!
My first thought on the Shamrock stoppage was too early, but after the replay it was a spot on decision. If Tito was left to continue he would have demolished Shamrock's eye socket & could have been blinded for life. Just to reiterate Shamrock has been doing mma for years. He knows he has to protect himself sensibly & if he doesn't the referee will.
He's a 42-year-old man & he behaved like a 10-year-old who just got grounded.
On a side note, the Yamasaki stoppage of Cabbage was also a good decision. Cabbage was getting butched like a stuck pig against Arlovski & if he hadn't got stopped then he may have been in some real serious problems.