Fabricio WerdumFrom GracieMag.com:

I’m very pleased with my win. I came to England to show my skills and training, I put on an excellent fight and won, in the 1st round. I can’t go against the referee’s opinion, they know what they are doing and if the ref hadn’t stopped it then, he would have stopped it two punches later. My goal is the belt, I don’t have time for a revenge match with Vera. He was in my way and I got him out of it. I’m not discarding the possibility of facing him and knocking him out again. I’m fully prepared, but first he has to go to the back of the line.

Fabricio Werdum talks about his win over Brandon Vera at UFC 85. The fight ended in controversy as Werdum mounted Vera and rained down punches, although they were primarily hitting Vera’s arms as he covered up. Many, especially Vera, believe the fight was stopped early. The rules require the fighter to intelligently defend himself, however the interpretation of the rules vary from ref to ref.

“Big” John McCarthy, arguably the greatest referee in MMA history, joined Sherdog’s Beatdown Radio crew Monday, and stated he would let the fight go as long as Vera wasn’t taking any damage, but that didn’t necessarily mean Dan Miragliotta was wrong for stopping it as he has his own interpretation.

I would feel better about the stoppage if Miragliotta was more consistent in his stoppages. This may be unfair because I haven’t followed his career, and I’m sure he’s a fine referee, but when you look at the end of second round in the Kimbo/Thompson fight and the end of Werdum/Vera fight, it’s hard not to question his decisions. If what happened with Werdum and Vera was enough to stop the fight, then why wasn’t twenty something unanswered blows inflicted on Kimbo’s head from James Thompson not enough to stop their fight? Miragliotta claimed he didn’t stop the Kimbo fight because the blows were weak, so if that’s the case, how are the blows Vera was taking on his arms any different? Maybe a couple snuck in and caught Vera, but at no point did Vera look hurt.

Regardless, for now, Vera will have to “go to the back of the line.” Luckily for Vera, that line is extremely short.