To all those in the comment areas who are trying to either defend Sobral’s actions or are claiming that I am overreacting, I think you might need to see a doctor about some sort of contrarian disorder. You do realize you are defending the indefensible, right?
If you’re a fighter or a guy who trains, I’d love to hear public responses on the following two questions (if you’re a fighter who doesn’t want to go on the record, e-mail me your answers at SCaplan8@comcast.net and I will post them anonymously after I verify your identity):
1) What would happen if you were at your fight camp or school and you were rolling with someone and refused to release a submission hold when someone tapped? Luke Thomas, if you’re reading this, I would love for you to educate the people on what would happen if someone did this at a BJJ or MMA school.
2) If you were cornering a fighter and someone deliberately didn’t release a hold after a stoppage and put your fighter to sleep, how would you react?
I’m reading comments and getting e-mails about B.J. Penn vs. Jens Pulver claiming that I didn’t make a big deal out of it. First, I didn’t make as big of a deal out of it because it wasn’t as bad. There was some gray area there. But it was still wrong and I believe I said so at the time and still believe Penn should have been fined. Second, to use Penn as a defense for Sobral is just lame. I hate to use a tired cliche’, but when do two wrongs make a right!?
I also get the feeling that a lot of people are commenting on this situation who haven’t seen the match. Why do I get the feeling that this incident is turning into MMA’s version of when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in Hershey, PA? Suddenly everyone was there.