While it was a preliminary fight on the card of UFC 222, the fight between Hector Lombard and C.B. Dolloway has come away as one of the more controversial fights of the evening.
At the end of the first round on March 3rd’s events from the T-Mobile Arena, Lombard landed a combination on Dollaway as soon as the bell rang.
Dollaway was deemed unable to continue, and Lombard is disqualified.
Lombard and now current Bellator analyst/competitor in the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Chael Sonnen claim the referee and not Lombard should be at fault for not intervening.
“That is simply not what the rule is,” Sonnen said in a video he recently uploaded. “Absolutely not, and I need you guys at home to understand this because logically, you’re gonna think ‘well, no, you gotta stop on the bell.’ No, you do not.”
“’You protect yourself at all times, the whistle does not stop you, I stop you.’ That is an exact quote from every referee who’s come in every locker room and talked to every fighter since,” Sonnen added. “We are told explicitly.”
Now, due to the disqualification verdict, Lombard will need to sit in-front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the right to renew his license, and Sonnen believes that the fight should have been ruled a no-contest.
“There should not be a hearing or any kind of sanctioning against Hector Lombard,” he continued. “He followed the rules as the rules are, and as the rules are explicitly explained to us as athletes.”
Lombard is looking to file an appeal with the NSAC to get the decision overturned to a no-decision.
“I feel like it should be a no contest,” Lombard told MMA Junkie. “I don’t see why (Dollaway) gets the win. There’s a rule that you protect yourself at all times during the fight. I don’t think I did anything wrong, and I don’t feel like I have to apologize to anybody. I just feel like he didn’t want to fight, and that’s not on me.”
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