ROUNDTABLE: Do you have a problem with the Ladd-de Randamie stoppage?

July 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; Germaine de Randamie (red gloves) defeats Aspen Ladd (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night-Sacramento at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The main event of UFC Sacramento between Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd has been widely scrutinized. What did our staff think of the finish?

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

I don’t have a problem with it, I thought it was a fine stoppage. I’d much rather a stoppage be too early than too late. What’s almost always the case with an early stoppage, though not every time, is that the fighter is spared a further beating. The cases where a person fights through a beating and ends up winning the fight are the exception. I thought the stoppage here was fine.

Sean Covington MMATorch Contributor

Absolutely not. No way that was an early stoppage. As the authority in the Octagon, the ref has to protect the fighter. Ladd was done, she was not getting up and was going to be knocked completely unconscious. This controversy after Jorge Masvidal was asked during a post fight interview whether his punches were necessary are ridiculous. If you or anyone else you know thinks this stoppage was early, ask yourself why you are watching mixed martial arts. That stoppage was super necessary. And for the record, it wasn’t Ladd’s weight cut that did her in, it was not being a better fight than her opponent.

Dylan Bowker MMATorch Correspondent

The stoppage was a tad early but I understand the reasoning behind it. Ladd looked out of sorts on the canvas and her gaze was away from her opponent. In the context of a split second referee call, I get why Herb did it. With the benefit of replay from a fan or analyst perspective, there’s the benefit of seeing an angle where Ladd looked to readjust and rally back. I think Aspen Ladd was dazed but was not unconscious and seemed to be trying to initiate a grappling exchange. I don’t take umbrage with the stoppage though.

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