Renan Barao defended the UFC bantamweight title for the first time at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, dispatching of Urijah Faber in the first round, but some felt it was an early stoppage.
Following the event, fighters reacted to the stoppage via Twitter.
— Chuck Liddell (@ChuckLiddell) February 2, 2014
Early stop but Renan is a beast !!! @UrijahFaber
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) February 2, 2014
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 2, 2014
I thought the stoppage was early personally but I don’t agree with better safe than sorry lol its the fighter in me I guess #UFC169
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) February 2, 2014
— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) February 2, 2014
Don’t agree with the stoppage but no doubt Barao hurt Faber a few times in that round. Barao just secured his spot as top 5 pnd4pnd. #ufc169
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 2, 2014
Urijah was hurt but that was a bad stoppage. #UFC169
— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 2, 2014
Always a bridesmaid… Never a bride
— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) February 2, 2014
— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) February 2, 2014
Dammmm that a championship fight, got to let it go a little longer!
— Cung Le (@CungLe185) February 2, 2014
Thata too bad! Keep ur head up champ! @UrijahFaber
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 2, 2014
Shit stoppage there by herb dean. Granted baroa had faber hurt but at time of stoppage faber was blocking the strikes being thrown #ufc169
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) February 2, 2014
I wish Herb Dean ref’d my last fight.
— Danny Castillo (@lastcall155) February 2, 2014
Early stoppage, but it would not have changed the final result IMO… #UFC169
— Mark Bocek (@MarkBocek) February 2, 2014
Ah weak stoppage. Urijah still looked ok. Holding the leg and defending. Didn’t see Herb warn him or anything
— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) February 2, 2014
Terrible stoppage, terrible dance.
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) February 2, 2014
Faber classy in his talk after the fight & i know Faber was hurt but bad stoppage! So ill say what Faber is thinking fuck the ref! #UFC169
— John Maguire (@MaguireTheOne) February 2, 2014
To early of a stoppage for a title fight.
— Aaron Riley (@aaronrileymma) February 2, 2014
Wow sucks cuz Herb is usually a great ref but that stoppage was dogshit. What a shitty night of fights.
— joey beltran (@mexicutioner760) February 2, 2014
Faber was in a bad spot, but that was definitely not the time to stop the fight.
— Daniel Downes (@dannyboydownes) February 2, 2014
That was BS
— phil baroni (@philbaroni) February 2, 2014
Herb Dean is as good a referee as there is. If you disagree after the stoppage always know that Herb acted in the best interest of safety
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) February 2, 2014