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At Saturday night's Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine card, "King Mo" Muhammed Lawal ran through Lorenz Larkin with relative ease. The finishing flurry of punches seemed to go on far too long as referee Kim Winslow was very slow to jump in and stop the fight despite Larkin turning away and just trying to cover his face.
Lawal was clearly upset about the late stoppage in the cage but waited until the post-fight presser to really go off about it. Via MMA Diehards:
"The commission, they need to do something with her. Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref. Let her fight Cyborg or something. Let her fight 'Cyborg' and then let's do a late stoppage of her. Because I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by 'Cyborg.' I think the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref and I'll just do a terrible job like her. I heard people from the crowd yelling to stop it and she jumps in all late. I told her, 'Hey you should have stopped the fight earlier.' And she's like, 'Well, I wanted to give him every opportunity to bounce back, so if it takes for him to be asleep. That's what it is.' She never took a punch before so it's easy for her to say that."
I generally think Winslow is underrated as a referee but her performance in that fight was bad. If anything, this is a good reminder of the fact that almost all of these guys have no interest in hurting the man they're fighting. They just want to win, not put the guy in the hospital or damage his life down the road.