Saturday night’s fight card at the UFC APEX kicked off with a bit of controversy. Lightweight Max Rohskopf wanted out of his prelim fight with Austin Hubbard entering the third round, which he repeatedly told his coach Robert Drysdale.
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Drysdale wasn’t willing to accept his fighter’s surrender, despite pleas from the fatigued and hurt Rohskopf. The fight was finally called to a halt when Rohskopf himself informed an official.
Now, the Nevada Athletic Commission may get involved and impose a sanction on Drysdale and his fellow coaches.
“That’s something we will take a look at,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told ESPN. “We might want to take disciplinary action on them. That doesn’t sound like they are looking out for a fighter. Obviously, he didn’t want to come out [and fight)].”
For his part, Drysdale isn’t regretting how he handled the situation.
“I stand by what I did,” Drysdale said in a separate statement to ESPN. “I expect excellence from the people I train because I love them. He wasn’t seriously hurt, and I felt he needed a mental push. I would expect the same from my coach.
“We will be back. Max is a champion.”
Rohskopf, who was making his debut against Hubbard, stepped in as a late replacement for Joe Solecki. The 25-year-old NCAA Division I wrestler now drops to a professional record of 5-1.
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