Dana White believes the late stoppage in Jalin Turner’s win against Bobby Green was one of the worst of all time.
At UFC Austin, ‘The Tarantula’ ended his two-fight losing streak with a first-round knockout win against ‘King.’ Unfortunately, Turner’s impressive performance was somewhat overshadowed due to the way the fight ended.
Halfway through round one, Turner dropped Green with a clean one-two combination. The 6’3” lightweight followed up by securing back control as he landed vicious ground and pound while ‘King’ was flattened out.
Turner landed over ten unanswered punches before referee Kerry Hatley stepped in to stop the fight. The MMA community quickly blew up social media with frustration for Hatley’s awfully late stoppage that could’ve caused life-changing damage to Green.
During the UFC Austin post-fight press conference, Dana White was asked about the controversial stoppage. He responded by saying:
“One of the worst I’ve ever seen…Definitely a bad stoppage. Very bad.”
Luckily, Bobby Green recovered and left the Octagon on his own power. Later that night, Green shared a video on his temporary Instagram story to assure fans he was okay. The 37-year-old also attended his afterparty following the disappointing loss.
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Dana White claims Kerry Hatley knew he messed up with late stoppage
Kerry Hatley is an experienced referee who has officiated fights for UFC, Bellator, PFL, and more. According to Dana White, Hatley knew he made a mistake shortly after the UFC Austin co-main event ended. White had this to say during the previously mentioned press conference:
“The difference is we’ve had some refs say some dumb sh*t in the past, like, ‘I allowed her to be a warrior tonight,’ and goofy sh*t like that. He knows he made a mistake tonight and does not feel not feel good about it, so, yeah, it’s unfortunate.”
Regardless of the late stoppage, Jalin Turner made a statement in his first-round knockout win against Bobby Green. Heading into UFC Austin, Turner was riding a two-fight losing streak due to back-to-back split-decision losses against Mateusz Gamrot and Dan Hooker.
‘The Tarantula’ now holds a UFC record of 7-4 after rejuvenating his lightweight title aspirations.
Watch Dana White’s entire UFC Austin post-fight press conference below: