Dominick Cruz continues to be bitter over his TKO loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 249, sustaining that referee Keith Peterson stopped the struggle too early within the second spherical.
Cruz had beforehand accused Peterson of smelling of ‘alcohol and cigarettes’ and, though he didn’t deliver that up once more, ‘The Dominator’ is adamant that Peterson is responsible for the loss.
“I imagine Keith Peterson gave him (Henry Cejudo) a pleasant present with that (stoppage),” Cruz informed ESPN’s Ariel Helwani in a latest interview (h/t Low Kick MMA). “I used to be, you realize — yeah I bought harm and I shouldn’t have put myself in that place however I used to be — when you speak to the refs, and also you speak to anyone — you will have a pair issues you want to do in an effort to preserve the struggle going. It’s essential be defending your self and you want to be working into a greater place. I used to be doing each of these issues when the struggle bought stopped.“
“You may’t be knocked out if you’re standing up in your toes whereas somebody’s hanging on you — like I used to be okay. So it was exhausting for me to get stopped when it wasn’t — it was a untimely stoppage 100%. I don’t imagine I misplaced that struggle, I imagine Keith Peterson took that struggle. Now I say that, within the midst of someone who all the time takes duty for his or her losses. I misplaced to Cody Garbrandt. I believe I most likely gained two out of 5 of these rounds towards Cody, however he gained three out of 5, so I might say he gained that struggle. And I take duty for shedding that struggle (towards Garbrandt). This struggle (towards Cejudo) was completely different — that’s what was powerful about it.“
Cruz is making an attempt to make sure Peterson doesn’t officiate his upcoming struggle towards Casey Kenney at UFC 259 as he claims the veteran ref is totally incompetent each inside and outdoors the octagon.
“I’m gonna positively request — and I can solely hope and pray that the fee honors my request to not have him (Keith Peterson) in my nook — or refereeing my struggle,” Cruz informed. “I can’t assure it, the fee does no matter they need and I respect them and their selections, however I don’t imagine he’s a reliable ref with the best way he handled my struggle and the best way he handled it earlier than the struggle occurred.“
“The way in which that I noticed him going by the foundations within the again — I’ve by no means had a referee that I’ve needed to say, ‘maintain on, maintain on, cease. Are you able to begin over again? I can’t perceive something you’re saying. And also you’re not trying me within the eyes, are you right here? Are you current?’ And I don’t know if he was nervous, or if he had one thing occurring — however I by no means handled that. I’ve had twenty fights, twenty-five fights near.“
UFC 259, which is able to function Cruz vs. Kenney on the prelims, is scheduled to happen on March 6 on the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
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