10 Feb - 
Dana White rips Marc Goddard's controversial stoppage in Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey fight at UFC 234

MELBOURNE, Australia – Sam Alvey wasn’t the only one upset about the stoppage in his fight with Jim Crute.

UFC President Dana White tore into the referee – longtime MMA official Marc Goddard – for what he called a “bad stoppage” in the pay-per-view bout at UFC 234.

White’s praise for Crute’s first-round stoppage was cut with criticism for Goddard’s performance.

“I think he looked damn good, and especially against a really tough guy,” White said at the post-event news conference at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. “I think there’s only been three people that have ever finished him out of 40-something fights. I didn’t agree with the stoppage – I thought it was a bad stoppage.

“A lot of those shots were hitting him on the arm. He was obviously hurt. But the fight could have gone a little longer and we could have seen a little more of Crute. Bad stoppage in my opinion.”

Alvey (33-12 MMA, 10-7 UFC) is now 2-2 in his past four outings at light heavyweight after moving up from middleweight. He immediately protested Goddard’s decision to wave off the fight despite getting dropped by a punch just seconds earlier. Crute (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) already had started celebrating his work after landing the shot when it became clear Goddard wanted him to continue.

Crute then launched a head kick, only to spill to the mat when Alvey caught it. Able to recover quickly, he got to Alvey’s back and began raining down punishment. Alvey gave a thumbs up, but Goddard still stepped in to stop the bout at the 2:49 mark of the opening frame.

“The ref screwed that up, too,” White said on Crute’s early celebration. “The ref jumped in there and he thought the ref was breaking it up.

“The ref did a really, really bad job. Real poor refereeing in that fight, and when something like that happens, it could have cost Crute the fight, because if Alvey got back up … and then he goes to stop it too soon, and then he stopped it too early. It happens sometimes, and it sucks for Sam.”

Goddard could be heard after the stoppage saying Alvey wasn’t moving when he stopped the fight. Standard procedure is to wave off a about when a fighter fails to intelligently defend himself and is given warning to move.

It’s not the first time the veteran official has been at the center of controversy for his actions inside the cage, though it goes with the territory for those who work major UFC events. Nearly every referee who has worked enough fights raises White’s ire at some point, even as they’re recommended by the promotion to work in territories around the world.

This time, it was Goddard’s turn to take the shot.

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