Kevin Lee blames the referee for the punishment sustained by Eryk Anders, referee Marc Goddard provides clarification

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Main event of UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo was an explosive back and forth contest between Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos and Eryk ‘Ya Boi’ Anders. Both fighters moved up a weight class from the Middleweight division to the Light Heavyweight division with Anders accepting the fight on 6 days notice due to Jimi Manuwa pulling due to injury.

The end of the fight came with Santos punishing Anders’ takedown attempt with brutal elbows to the side of his head at the end of the third round. Eryk Anders tried to make it back to his corner, helped by his coaches but after collapsing to the mat for the second time, referee Marc Goddard stopped the contest awarding Thiago Santos a TKO victory.

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Kevin Lee not happy with Marc Goddard (PC: MMA Junkie)

Lightweight contender Kevin Lee wasn’t happy with the way the ending played out with a debatable break in the action for replacing Anders mouthpiece just before the sequence which resulted in the finish. Lee feels that Goddard, erroneously put Anders in a disadvantageous position.

Goddard clarifies

Marc Goddard who refereed the fight took to Twitter to present his perspective.

Goddard also clarified that there were no illegal strikes landed by Santos against the cage.

“For the record being struck below the line of the top of the ears IS NOT a foul. A 2 inch line running centre from curve/crown of head down the spine is the foul area inc. entire rear (not side) of neck. Also being struck directly behind the ear is NOT a foul. Hope this helps”

“I will always strive to give insight & explanation wherever I can to help educate (in the realest sense) & explain thought process & decision making. I believe this is fair, just & critical for the sport. Ignorance we can overcome, abuse I won’t. Thanks all.”

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