UFC commentator believes Imavov would’ve knocked out Jared Cannonier if Jason Herzog  did not intervene at UFC on ESPN 57

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Jon Anik, the UFC commentator, believes that referee Jason Herzog’s intervention prevented Jared Cannonier from being knocked out during the UFC on ESPN 57 event. In the headliner fight, Nassourdine Imavov secured a fourth-round TKO victory over Cannonier. The stoppage was controversial and infuriated Cannonier, but Anik suggests that it likely saved him from further damage.

Imavov had Cannonier in trouble, tagging him with a right hook and backing him up against the cage. Herzog, seeing Cannonier off balance and stumbling, waved off the fight at the 1:34 mark of Round 4. While Anik agrees that the stoppage was premature, he believes that Cannonier was on the verge of being knocked out.

Jon Anik Addresses The Jared Cannonier Issue On His Podcast

Anik stated on his Anik & Florian podcast, “If you were to ask me, ‘Do you believe in 20 seconds that Jared Cannonier would’ve been knocked out cold or concussed further?,’ the answer would be yes.” Anik said on his Anik & Florian podcast. “I believe referees are universally praised when they allow a fight to go long, and then something sensational happens. Either we get a 25-minute war because they didn’t stop the fight, or you get a knockout that has some virality.”

“I was a little bit surprised to see Jason Herzog intervene here, but referees are always going to be criticized when they stop fights early on the front end of the potentially concussive damage. … Jason, if any referee deserves the benefit of the doubt, it is him. If you’re asking me, do I think the stoppage was premature, I do, but I think the result would’ve been a concussion for Jared Cannonier, who had been drunk driving 30 seconds previously, and I just feel like he would’ve been knocked out.”

Herzog acknowledged the criticism and expressed his willingness to reevaluate the fight-ending sequence. Despite the controversy, Anik stands by Herzog’s decision, emphasizing that the result would likely have been a concussion for Cannonier.

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