UFC fighter Dominick Cruz claims that a UFC 249 referee didn’t pass the smell test.
Following the stoppage of Saturday’s bantamweight title fight against Henry Cejudo with just two seconds left in the second round, Cruz accused referee Keith Peterson of drinking on the job, arguing it contributed to what he believed to be a premature end to the fight.
“That was an early stoppage, 100 percent – I’m positive of it,” Cruz said afterwards on ESPN. “I wish there was a way to keep these refs a little more responsible sometimes. The guy smelled like alcohol and cigarettes, so who knows what he was doing. Definitely (he did). I wish they drug tested them.
“I immediately when I saw that ref I was like, ‘Man, is there a way to veto a ref and get a new one?’ I wonder that.”
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