An MMA referee is under fire.
Following a controversial ending in a fight during UFC Vegas 75 (also known as “UFC on ESPN: Vettori vs. Cannonier”) on Saturday, UFC fans took to Twitter to express their opinions.
The fight was between Dan Argueta and Ronnie Lawrence of the bantamweight division, and was part of the preliminary card.
In just over two minutes, Referee Keith Peterson made an incorrect ruling, stating that Lawrence had tapped out while Argueta was putting him in a chokehold.
Dan Argueta and Ronnie Lawrence has been declared a No Decision due to referee Keith Peterson thinking he saw Ronnie Lawrence tapping but after further review no tap was found #UFC #UFCVegas75 pic.twitter.com/4fuuSaeogI
— ScottishProblem (@ScottishProble) June 17, 2023
Ref out here cheating that shit head!
— EDP445 (@EDP445) June 18, 2023
The announcers should call out the refs on their bs decision making when reading out the result/end of fight.
— JAM (@Jamainelapsley_) June 18, 2023
However, on reviewing the footage, it was evident that Lawrence had not submitted.
Following this, the decision was changed to a no contest.
Argueta entered the fight with a career record of 9-1-0, while Lawrence held a record of 8-2-0. The main event of the night featured a middleweight bout between Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier.