Guess who won’t be getting a Christmas card from UFC bantamweight Eddie Wineland (pictured) this year?
Referee Yves Lavigne.
Despite eating a spinning back-kick to the dome that sent him to the canvas, and receiving several punches once he fell to the ground, Wineland claims he should have been allowed to continue in his title fight against interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao on Saturday night at UFC 165.
However, Lavigne, who is no stranger to controversial stoppages, erred on the side of caution and opted to bring the assault to an end in the second round of their scrap.
Wineland was none too pleased about the call and he wasn’t shy about venting his frustration at the post-fight press conference.
“Personal opinion, I think bulls***,” Wineland emphatically stated. “He caught me with a great kick. I was by no means out. I was on my way back up, but the referees have their own discretion, and that’s what he felt was the right call.
“My hat’s off to Renan. It was a good kick.”
It was a phenomenal strike. In fact, the kick was so great that it earned Barao an extra $50,000 for “Knockout of the Night.”
Unfortunately for Wineland, there wasn’t a heavy continent backing his claim that the stoppage was premature. UFC president Dana White, for one, wasn’t lambasting Lavigne for a mistake like he has in the past.
“It’s one of those tough calls,” said White. “Trust me, I don’t like it when fights are stopped and the guy jumps right up, but he got blasted with that kick, and that’s a nasty kick that knocks people out, and he looked wobbly when he got up.
“If I thought it was, I’d be smashing the ref. But that was a tough one.”