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Eryk Anders got back on the winning track when he knocked out Vinicius Moreira in brutal fashion at UFC on ESPN 3. Instead of it being a celebratory moment, though, concern immediately shifted to the fallen fighter.
After being rocked and dropped in the opening seconds of the light heavyweight bout, Moreira (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) took a number of unnecessary strikes from Anders (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) after he was already badly hurt. Referee Vance Swerdan was slow to get in, and it took some time for Moreira to recover and get back to his feet (via Twitter):
Swerdan’s lack of promptness from in halting the action drew the scorn of Michael Bisping, who was in the commentary booth alongside Paul Felder and Jon Anik for Saturday’s card at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Bisping, the former UFC middleweight champion and soon-to-be UFC Hall of Famer, criticized Swerdan’s stoppage and said he needed to do better to protect the safety of the fighter. “The Count” wasn’t alone in that thinking, because several other fighters shared thoughts about the end to the fight on social media.
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