"The ref [Mario Yamasaki] was going, 'Eh, is [Couture] OK?' Mario was trying to give him time [to recover]. There's a fine line between that and [allowing] too many punches. When I saw Randy go back down, I thought we had crossed that line."
I agree that the stoppage was a little slow, but I think the damage to Couture was really done with that first big punch that knocked him to the ground and the first couple of strikes after Lesnar got on top of him.
And Couture himself said he thinks there's nothing wrong with the number of punches he took before the fight was stopped.
Dana White: Ref Let Randy Couture Take Too Many Punches vs. Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Tue, 18 Nov 2008 07:40:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.