MMA Junkie talks to Jones:
"I was hitting him so many times with so many legal blows, I was looking for more ways to get in and try to hit him more effectively," Jones said. "I hit him - I don't know. I hit him so many times, and they didn't stop it. I just kept going, and it came instinctively to come down the middle."
Opinions of Mazzagatti's handling of the situation are bound to vary widely among MMA observers. While Jones refused to complain with any vigor, count the 22-year-old New Yorker in the camp of those who believe the bout should have been stopped well before the illegal shots were ever thrown.
"I'm not positive what the rules are," Jones said. "But I think that 14 or 15 unanswered punches, it should be stopped. I said it in so many interviews, that I respect [Hamill] a lot for the inspiration that he is. It was awkward to keep hitting him like that.
"I was just hitting him so hard with legal shots, and I didn't realize that it was an illegal shot that I was hitting him with toward the end. I was like, ‘Does this not work anymore?' ... I didn't understand why it wasn't getting stopped. I was like, ‘Is he waiting for me to gas or something? What is this?' I looked at [Mazzagatti] twice like, ‘Why am I still hitting this guy?'"
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