WEC bantamweight competitor Manny Tapia complained following his second round TKO loss to title holder Miguel Torres that the fight was stopped prematurely.
“I thought they called it too early,” said a visibly bruised Tapia during a Sherdog video interview. “I still felt good. I know he rocked me, like, twice — well, I didn’t feel rocked.”
Despite his critical assessment of the stoppage, Tapia was still willing to acknowledge that Torres had inflicted serious damage.
“He got me,” Tapia shrugged in acknowledgment. “They stopped it because I got this little cut right here on corner of my eye. I guess that’s dangerous?”
But Tapia would voice protests over the stoppage again later in the interview.
“People say he’s pound-for-pound the best in the world. So who better to lose to than him?,” Tapia asked rhetorically, before continuing, “I still don’t feel like I lost. They just stopped it. I didn’t lose — they stopped it. I don’t know why.”
During the interview, Tapia indicated that he planned to take some time off following the loss but that he has every intention of returning to the WEC’s bantamweight division.