Sean O’Malley outplayed Chris Moutinho from pillar to rack and looked like he was on his way to a decision victory at UFC 264. Referee Herb Dean then broke off the carnage and the internet exploded.
The fighters praised Moutinho and gave Dean to shrug off the fight at 4:33 am of the third and final pay-per-view opening round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. O’Malley landed 230 significant strikes against 70 Moutinho, according to UFC statistics, but his peers were mostly unhappy with the result.
Here’s how the fighters reacted to the fight at UFC 264.
Let’s go Moutinho, this is how you fight
– Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) Jul 11, 2021
Wait, there are 30 seconds left !!! He earned the right to end this fight
– Belal Muhammad (@ bullyb170) Jul 11, 2021
Dang Herb let him whip his ass for 14.5 minutes and then called it when there were less than 30 left.
– Merry (@Benaskren) Jul 11, 2021
RESPECT A child who had such a big heart did not deserve the stop he was in! Wow big fan of Moutinho UFC264
– Jeremy Stevens (@LiLHeathenMMA) Jul 11, 2021
Herb gotta let the kid go for his money smh # UFC264
– Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) Jul 11, 2021
I’d love to see him finish! One of the worst beatings I’ve ever seen, but boy, boy, fought with such a heart. He deserved the finish!
– Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) Jul 11, 2021