Pettis Camp Contends Ref’s Decision To Check Blood In The Middle Of This Locked Triangle

UFC Fight Night 120 went down Saturday night, Nov. 11, in Norfolk, Virginia. The night featured a war between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier in the main event. While the two fighters each put on impressive performances, there is one moment from the night’s headliner that left some fight fans scratching their heads.

Pettis had his opponent in a triangle choke submission during the fight, but the referee stepped in mid submission attempt and halted the contest to check Pettis’ facial cuts. When the fight was started again, Pettis and Poirier were not put back in the same position. Now fighter Erik Koch has taken to Instagram to let his thoughts on the matter be known.

“Much respect to both Anthony and Dustin.” Koch said of the fight between Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier. “I don’t want to sound to salty, but how the f*ck do you stop a triangle attempt to look at a cut and then restart them in guard. This blew my mind when I happened and rewatching it somehow is even more blown. I have never seen this shit before. As soon as the triangle is locked they stop it. I don’t care if you have a severed limb if you are in the middle of a tight submission attempt it should not be stoped until the attempt is over. No if ands or buts!!! #unreal”