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Yves Lavigne drops the ball during Wiman vs. Danzig, Dunham handles Griffin during UFC 115 prelims

In one of the most tragic miscarriages of justice in recent MMA officiating memory, longtime referee Yves Lavigne took the fate out of Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig‘s hands this evening during the UFC 115 preliminary card in one of the worst stoppages of the year.

No stranger to controversy with extremely questionable calls in previous UFC bouts such as Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover and Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell, Lavigne made the decision to stop this evening’s lightweight contest between Wiman and Danzig after coming to the conclusion that Danzig had been rendered unconscious from a mounted guillotine choke early in the opening round.

Danzig had not.

Even before Lavigne had a chance to separate Wiman’s forearm from the former TUF champion’s throat, Danzig threw both hands into the air protesting the stoppage. Upon rising to his feet it was apparent that Danzig was in no danger of being finished as the replay clearly dislayed that Danzig had plenty of room for oxygen to trravel to his brain through a large opening in the submission attempt.

Although Danzig appeared anxious to continue on with the fight following the stoppage, the damage was done and Wiman declared the winner via first round submission. Unfortunately, there was no submission.

Former close training partners at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Evan Dunham and Tyson Griffin went at it for a full three rounds this evening in a  closely contested, technical affair. Surprisingly, Dunham showed that he had a clear advantage in the takedown department over the stocky and experienced Griffin. Dunham took Griffin’s back on multiple occasions during the scrap and controlled the action for the bulk of the contest on his way to a split decision victory.

Also putting up impressive performances this evening during the UFC 115 prelims were Mario Miranda, who rebounded from the first defeat of his career to stop David Loiseau via TKO in the second round; and UFC newcomer Claude Patrick who finished the normally durable Ricardo Funch with a slick first round guillotine choke.

A full list of the results from the undercard action is listed below:

Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:44

Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke)- Round 2, 1:48

James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau via TKO – Round 2, 4:07

Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:45

Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

13 COMMENTS
  • stone says:

    Yves did drop the ball. He should have picked his right hand up to see if it was limp… 3 times like WWF! LOL… Hopefully Danzig gets an immediate rematch! I was pullin for him in this fight! FIRE Yves!

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Yeah the ref messed up but i would rather he messes up by calling the fight early than letting a fighter get brutalized like Pete Sell did again. Sucks for Danzig and Wieman but hopefully the UFC will give them a rematch-Perhaps at the TUF show in a few days?????
    Great match with Dunham and Griffen.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    yeah, but the fact is he does both. (unnecessary brutalizations and early stoppages). he is in the wrong profession like Mirglidiot and needs to find another job.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    also, not cool on the autoplaying that lame ass heath herring advertisment when i try to view “grappling with issues”. booooooooooooooooooooo

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    is this more tragic than the Askern/Thomas stoppage because it was in the UFC?

    if you had to put a case forward for Yves, when he lifted Mac’s left hand there was no immediate show of restraint from him. If a fighter says to a ref ‘he’s out’ the ref then has seconds to make the decision. the longer a fighter is unconscious and still be choked the greater the danger. that doesnt stop it being a bad decision, exactly the same as Askern/Thomas, but you can understand why he did it.
    however he could have manned up and said ok i fucked up, carry on fighting.

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  • Makington says:

    You got to make money somehow cocoon. I don’t mind a cheesy as hell advertisement if it means this free to use site is getting paid for it. More than a fair trade.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    plenty of other sites dont disguise ads as legit content links. as a matter of fact, this is the only one i visit that does.

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  • LiverPunch says:

    It is a hard job. He f#cked up. Everyone does. But I will say, there are better refs and the best one doesn’t ref for the UFC anymore.

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  • Makington says:

    Well unfortunately you will never get those 30 seconds back from the commercial. It’s a very tough world, and you’re just going to have to live your life wondering what you could have done instead in those 30 seconds.

    As for Yves, it’s hard to say. He had a much closer look than I was getting, and the pressure on him is tremendous. It’s not hard to believe he screws something up once in a while. Thankfully it was an early call, and an obvious one so Dana will probably rematch them as opposed to a late call with a fighter having brain damage or something else terrible. Wiman was telling Yves that Danzig was asleep, and it kind of looked like he was. Danzig realized the choke had no chance of getting him and settled into an easier position to relax a bit and not waste energy which kind of made his arm go limp. But if Yves is going to lift your arm to see if you’re awake, he should give you the chance to tell him not to stop the fight, but I can’t get mad at him for it. He was doing his best to ensure Danzig’s safety and although it was an obviously bad call, any of us would make a bad call once in a while.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    the world aint that tough you emo boob.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    the world is very tough on LOLvigne though, huh? so much pressure on him! :re

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  • Makington says:

    It was sarcasm. If you don’t put it in brackets noone can ever tell I guess.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    you can do better, i’ve seen it.

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