Robertson agrees referee stoppage of McCann fight was “definitely late”


UFC Women’s Flyweight fighter Gillian Robertson agrees with the general consensus that her fight with Molly McCann at UFC Fight Night 130 should have been stopped sooner.

Fighting in McCann’s hometown of Liverpool, England, Robertson took the fight to the ground in the second round where she locked in a rear-naked choke until McCann lost consciousness.

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Observers counted McCann out for at least five seconds before referee Neil Hall stopped the fight and made Robertson release the choke. For her part, Robertson says,

“I definitely thought it was late, too. I felt her go out. Then my coach, I heard him screaming, ‘She’s out! She’s out!’ Then a couple more seconds later the ref finally came in. So I definitely thought it was a little bit late.”

Robertson was not surprised at how the fight ended. She just expected it to end sooner.

“I thought I would be able to get the finish sooner, but she had a lot more to offer than I thought. Obviously anything can happen when you go in there. But I knew my game plan, I knew what I needed to do when I went in there and executed it.”


What do you think about the stoppage? Do you think that the referee should be disciplined?



Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.

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