Nov 2, 2013; Long Beach, CA, USA; MMA referee Herb Dean stops the fight declaring Mike Richman (blue gloves) the winner over Akop Stepanyan (red gloves) in their Bellator Featherweight fight against at the Long Beach Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Worst stoppages in MMA (Video)


In mixed martial arts, being a referee is one of the hardest jobs. You may not always get the clearest angle of a fight so you may miss some of what is going on, which can be devastating when you are forced to make a split second decision on whether or not to stop a fight.

Whether the trigger is pulled too quickly or the fight goes too long and a fighter takes unnecessary punishment, bad stoppages get fans fired up and generate plenty of discussion.

It may be difficult to watch, but check out the video below to see some of the fights that ended far too early and some that ended way too late, via BJPenn.com:

After watching the video, I think it is a no-brainer to say we’d all rather see fights stopped a few strikes too early rather than before it is too late.

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