Dana White Critical of Referee Stoppage in Claudio Henrique Da Silva-Danny Roberts Bout

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 17, 2019

The welterweight clash between Claudio Henrique da Silva and Danny Roberts at UFC London ended in controversy when referee Kevin Sataki halted the contest 2:37 into the third stanza, claiming he heard a verbal submission from “Hot Chocolate.”

Da Silva secured a tight armbar in the third frame, but Roberts appeared on the verge of escaping after slamming his foe to the canvas. Unfortunately for Roberts, Sataki had a different perspective.

“The ref stopped it at a time when I escaped,” Roberts said in his post-fight interview. “I’m just gutted. I’m disappointed…So when the ref stopped that I was already out of that armbar. I had already transitioned to the other side and I was OK. I might’ve made noise, I might’ve grunted. It hurt. But I was ready to come out and keep on going until the end of the third round. We hadn’t finished. I wasn’t done.”

Roberts wasn’t the only one unhappy with the stoppage. UFC President Dana White took to Instagram to voice his disapproval while also apologizing to Roberts.

“Kills me when these refs f---k up and steal such a great fight and opportunity from not just the fighters but the fans!” White wrote.


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