The man who won the heavyweight title at UFC 187 was in the middle of a six-round bout when a third-round elbow landed and he went down.
Now, UFC officials say they’re trying to figure out how to prevent that from happening again.
“We need to figure that out,” UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie Radio.
“We’re not there yet.
We’ve got to get there.
There’s a lot of stuff to figure.
There are things that have to be done.
We’re not on the same page as we need to be.”
If the referee blows the whistle on the fight, then the next fight in the main event, UFC Fight Night 76, will be postponed until the new fight is announced.
“You never know,” White said.
“There’s always going to be an elbow landing and then you have to figure if it’s going to break your arm or not.
I’m going to leave it to the referee to figure.””
But, if I blow the whistle, then it’s still a fight,” he continued.
“The fight is still going on.
If it’s not going to work, then I’m not going back.
If there’s a problem, it’s just a matter of waiting for a decision.”UFC officials are hoping that the referee can be trained to recognize the warning signal when the third-fight rulebook calls for a referee to give an immediate tap.
But that’s not something that the UFC has done yet.
“If it happens to a fighter and he’s in the clinch and it’s the third round, that’s something that needs to be looked at,” White added.
“But that doesn’t mean that’s what we’re going to do.”
If an elbow lands, the referee will need to decide if it breaks the arm, or if the fight is going to continue.UFC Fight Night 77 will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 27, in Las Vegas.