UFC 244: Dana White Believes Doctor “Probably” Made Right Call Stopping Headliner
By FCF Staff
The call by the cageside doctor to stop last night’s bout between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, due to a cut over the latter’s right eye, prompted outcry online. But, Dana White believes the physician likely made the right call.
Masvidal and Diaz fought in the headliner for UFC 244, and Diaz had a large cut opened over his eye early into the fight. After round three, the doctor determined that Diaz could not continue and the bout was called.
While talking to the media afterward, White had this to say about the physician’s decision (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“As I just went back and talked to Nate Diaz and looked at Nate Diaz’s face, his eyebrow is literally flipping over like this,” White said. “And he has another cut right underneath it. The fight probably should have been stopped. Could Nate Diaz keep going? Did Nate Diaz want to keep going? Yes. That’s why we love Nate Diaz. But he probably shouldn’t have.”
“I think doctors know when they see a cut that’s either putting the fighter’s health at risk, meaning he can’t see – which Nate Diaz absolutely, positively could not see out of that eye,” White said. “He kept trying to wipe the blood out.
“At one point, I saw the blood squirting out of it. It’s easy for us all to act tough – me sitting over in my comfy chair by the octagon and everybody else at home and in the stands. Nate Diaz was in there split wide open, over and under the eye. It probably should have been stopped.”
With the win, Masvidal extended his winning streak to three and moved his overall record to 35-13. Diaz’s record now stands at 20-12.