Steve Mazzagatti Explains Maynard-Emerson Stoppage

The following is a quote from MMA referee Steve Mazzagatti on his stoppage of the controversial Gray Maynard-Rob Emerson fight from the TUF 5 live finale. The quotes are courtesy of

“I stopped the fight as Rob was in pain. I did not see a tap, but I don’t see what it matters. In boxing we give both fighters an 8 count and may count one or both fighters out. In this sport we don’t have an 8 count. But both fighters were done. Should a fighter who is out win? I don’t have time to think about all this stuff but I hope we can learn. I do think it was the right call.

“I also want to say the call was mine. I informed the commission that both fighters were unable to continue. That was my call.”