This was a fight fans could not wait to see. However some controversial circumstances ruined the ending for most.
Chris Weidman took on Gegard Mousasi in the Co-Main Event of UFC 210. Weidman was initiating his takedowns and getting the better of an off-rhythm Mousasi in the first round.
Half way through the second round, Mousasi landed two knees to a bent over Weidman. Through both attempts, Weidman tried to land both of his hands on the mat as that would deem the knees illegal.
Referee Dan Miragliotta ruled the knees were illegal, or at least one of them, and stopped the fight momentarily. Weidman was visibly hurt by the knees Mousasi landed, so was given a five minute rest period to recover from the ‘illegal knees’.
The New York State Athletic Commission do not allow referees to view replays, however head referee Big John McCarthy, on review of the footage, informed Miragliotta that the knees were in fact legal. The replay showed that Weidman tried to ground his hands but failed to do so during the landing of both knees.
Doctors were called in to the Octagon and Miragliotta informed Weidman the knees were legal. After a few minutes of confusion, the doctors ruled Weidman wasn’t able to continue, despite him informing the officials he was able to do so.
The fight ended in a TKO win for Gegard Mousasi by knees. Controversy surrounded the result as Weidman looked to be able to continue at the time of the stoppage, but also Mousasi had enough momentum to try and definitively finish the fight without referee interference at the time.
Check out the post-fight interviews with a very vocal Joe Rogan.