Daniel Cormier and Francis Ngannou criticise decision to end Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich early


‘This was a bad stoppage’: UFC stars Daniel Cormier and Francis Ngannou lead criticism of the referee’s decision to end Derrick Lewis’ fight with Sergei Pavlovich early… with an angry Dallas crowd left booing the Russian’s win

  • Sergei Pavlovich picked up biggest win of his career after beating Derrick Lewis
  • The fight was ended 55 seconds in after the Russian landed a flurry of punches
  • Derrick protested the decision and fans showed their frustration by booing
  • Current UFC stars and fans took to social media to criticise’s referee’s decision 

Sergei Pavlovich picked up the biggest win of his career after beating Derrick Lewis on Saturday, but the way the fight ended has been criticised heavily. 

The Russian heavyweight was declared the winner less than a minute into the fight after catching Lewis with a flurry of punches, leaving his opponent on the deck.

Lewis got back to his feet almost immediately but referee Dan Miragliotta waved the fight off to hand Pavlovich the 16th win of his UFC career, leading to protests from the former.

Sergei Pavlovich picked up the biggest win of his career after beating Derrick Lewis

However, upon replay, it’s unsure how many punches Pavolvich landed, with boos heard echoing around the American Airlines Center in Dallas. 

A number of current and former UFC fighters took to social media to display their frustration at the referee’s decision. 

Former heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier Tweeted: ‘This was a bad stoppage!!!!’.

Current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou mirrored those views as he posted: ‘That’s definitely an early stoppage’.

The Russia fighter was heavily booed by fans, who were frustrated by the referee's decision

The Russia fighter was heavily booed by fans, who were frustrated by the referee’s decision 

Meanwhile, Bantamweight fighter Merab Dvalishvili said: ‘Early stoppage !!! Have to give the fighter a chance to get back in the fight’.

Fans also took to social media to vent their frustration. One said: ‘I would say I can understand why the ref thought to stop it because of the face down fall but it was still a bad stoppage based on the instant reaction from Lewis. 

A second fan tweeted: ‘Whoever the ref was on Lewis/Pavlovich should be reffing on the regional scene tomorrow. EMBARRASSING stoppage’.  



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