UFC Referee Mark Smith provides in-depth knowledge to Joe Rogan about when the referee decides to stop the fight.
Whoever is new to the MMA world and wants to also peek at the outside of the fight aspects then latching on to the name of Joe Rogan would be a perfect beginning.
Joe Rogan is a color commentator in UFC and besides that, he is the host of one of the world’s most famous podcasts- The Joe Rogan Experience. And on the same, this time he hosted one of the popular referees of UFC, Mark Smith.
Snith, who has officiated some of the biggest Pay-Per-Views in the post, conversed with Rogan about the UFC fights and told him what goes through a referee’s mind during the fight.
UFC Ref Mark Smith Explains Joe Rogan On When To Stop The UFC Fight
Mark Smith was most recently the ring official of UFC 256, and at the event, he carried out the duties of three fights and among them the responsibility of Jacare Souza Vs. Keven Holland and Tony Ferguson Vs. Charles Oliveira fell on his shoulders. Both the matches had a stoppage situation and through “TJRE”, Smith disseminated how he handled them.
“We sit there and you know you look at both fighters and see what’s happening and I go it went down to the ground and you have to know your fighters to know where their expertise is going to happen.”
Mark Smith reveals when he decided to step in to stop the Jacare Souza Vs. Kevin Holland fight, where Holland had pulled a surprise KO.
“When that fight happened, he’s (Holland) on his back and he throws that first punch and I go this is going to be a transition. Now look at Jacare and you know if you go back and watch the fight he’s actually rocked. That first happened, we’ll step a little bit closer and by the time he throws the next three punches, and I’m stepping in to try and stop it.”
‘Give them a familiar voice’
Mark further added that in the case of a Knockout, the fighter who becomes the subject of the maneuver often thinks the fight should have continued, and thus, at the moment the referee decides to give entry to a camp member of the fighter so that a familiar voice can make the matter clear to the fighter.
“They always say what happened or they get the bright light of the, you know the doctors shining the flashlight in our eyes. What happened, one thing we tried to transition doing, you know we I’ve had some fighters get really hurt really bad. We normally keep everybody out of the Octagon but one thing we’re doing ‘is we’re allowing a coach to come in with the doctor, with the inspector, with myself, and give them a familiar voice.
“You know you get knocked out, you come back, and here’s mark telling you ‘now the fight is over.’ You may not recognize it but, if your coach is there in your corner, saying ‘hey such and such, you get knocked out, calm down, it’s fine this is coach such and such I’m here. ”
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