Robert Drysdale Defends Refusing to Call Fight, Despite Max Rohskopf’s Pleas
By FCF Staff
Following Robert Drysdale’s refusal to call off Max Rohskopf’s bout at UFC Vegas 3, despite the fighter’s repeated please, the decorated grappler is defending his actions.
Rohskopf was making his Octagon debut, on short notice, against Austin Hubbard. Early on, Rohskopf threatened with take downs and submission attempts, but Hubbard weathered the storm and started tagging the newcomer with strikes.
After two rounds, a bloodied Rohskopf asked his coach Drysdale to stop the fight, several times. But, the latter attempted to convince Rohskopf otherwise, and didn’t call the bout. Eventually, an athletic commission inspector asked the fighter if he wanted to continue, and when he said no, the bout was called.
Drysdale spoke with ESPN after the card and he had this to say about the incident.
“I stand by what I did,” Drysdale said. “I expect excellence from the people I train because I love them. He wasn’t seriously hurt, and I felt he needed a mental push. I would expect the same from my coach.
“We will be back. Max is a champion.”
“…That is the job of a coach, to push their fighters physically, technically and mentally. I did my job, and I have no regrets because I believe Max has potential to be one of the greats.”
NSAC executive director Bob Bennett has told ESPN that the organization is going to review the incident to determine if disciplinary actions are warranted.
"I stand by what I did. I expect excellence from the people I train because I love them. [Max Rohskopf] wasn't seriously hurt, and I felt he needed a mental push. I would expect the same from my coach," Robert Drysdale told @arielhelwani. https://t.co/ZU93pMUsf9
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 21, 2020