The highly-anticipated fight between Irish underdog MMA fighter Conor McGregor and certified villain/veteran of boxing Floyd Mayweather might be over (and this time, the baddies won), but that’s certainly not stopping a bunch of punters from dragging it out as long as possible.
Their beef? They reckon the ref, Robert Byrd, called the fight too early. In the tenth round, McGregor was starting to visibly tire; as his knees buckled and Mayweather went in for the kill, Byrd ended the match with a technical knock out decision.
And yeah, people ain’t loving that.
WAY TOO SOON TO STOP THAT FIGHT! @TheNotoriousMMA showed a lot of heart, but let it play out ref! #MayweatherMcGregor
— Cabbie Richards (@Cabbie) August 27, 2017
That’s a terrible early call.
That was still a fight.
— Radiolunchbox (@RadioLunchbox) August 27, 2017
No doubt mayweather was
Dominating that, but the stoppage was way too early. Credit McGregor going 10 rounds.
— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) August 27, 2017
McGregor could’ve kept on going man. They called it too early wth I’m mad
— Gabriella (@gabiekin_) August 27, 2017
Respect to Connor McGregor going 10 rds & never going down. Ref did call the fight too early. #MayweathervMcgregor
— M (@LuckyMan022712) August 27, 2017
Among the people a bit miffed about the early call is McGregor himself, who told reporters immediately after the match:
I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots.
When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage.
Where was the final two rounds? Let me walk back to my corner and compose myself.
McGregor on the stoppage: “Let me go down. Let the man put me down.”
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) August 27, 2017
Of course, others have raised the valid point that those having a whinge over an early stoppage are really just cracking it because they didn’t get to see McGregor beaten to a bloody pulp.
If you think that was a bad stoppage, you wanted to see McGregor BADLY BADLY HURT. This is great for him – goes back to UFC a hero.
— Fight Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) August 27, 2017
And regardless of outcome, both men are still walking away from this fight significantly wealthier than they were beforehand.
Connor McGregor going to deposit his check early Monday morning like: pic.twitter.com/ziTbeGO4Kz
— . (@_CoronaLime_) August 27, 2017
Good onya, you cheeky Irish bastard. Coming out of your first boxing fight with your face intact and a multi-million dollar paycheck? Luck of the proverbial indeed.