UFC Coach Ignores Fighter’s Pleas to Stop Fight, NSAC To Investigate (VIDEO)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission said it would look into a controversial sequence of events that occurred during Saturday’s UFC fight between Max Rohskopf and Austin Hubbard.
Rohskopf, who took a short-notice fight against Hubbard five days ago, repeatedly told his chief cornerman, Robert Drysdale, to end the fight going into the third and final round.
Drysdale refused to heed his fighter’s pleas. That interaction could be heard below:
Rohskopf was heard telling Drysdale to “call it” nine times during the one-minute rest period between rounds.
“That’s something we will take a look at,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told ESPN on Saturday night. “We might want to take disciplinary action on them. That doesn’t sound like they are looking out for a fighter. Obviously, he didn’t want to come out [and fight].”
Bennett said he sent a clip of the sequence to NSAC chief inspector Alex Ybarra.
While he couldn’t say whether the commission would discuss the sequence during an upcoming hearing, Bennett added, “It may come up in a future hearing. We will take an official look at it.”
Drysdale told ESPN he doesn’t regret his actions.
“I stand by what I did,” Drysdale told ESPN. “I expect excellence from the people I train because I love them. He wasn’t seriously hurt, and I felt he needed a mental push. I would expect the same from my coach.
“We will be back. Max is a champion.”