I for one, do not believe that this fight was stopped early. When a knee connects to a head, and the body that owns that head flops to the ground… Well, the fight is over. Frank Mir says he was “flash KOd” and fine. Well, flash or not, a KO is a KO in my book. Can we agree on that? If anything, the ref did his job and saved Mir from a lot of punishment.
Josh Barnett agrees. This is what he said on Sherdog Radio:
“I knew that he was right on the edge of being finished even up to 20 seconds before that,” said Barnett. “I could feel it really coming on. I could smell blood. As soon as I hit him with that knee and he just hit the floor, the boost was kicking in. I was just kind of going to absolute rampage all over him, and there was no way he was getting through that.”
“It was only controversial because Hinds stepped in right at the moment, right at the first absolute point he could come in there … to keep him from really getting hurt bad. Frank jumped up and made a huge stink about it...