I found the fight on YouTube but I don’t know how long it will stay up. For now, here is a link to it:
Although I wanted Mir to win, if you watch the video at around 50 seconds in Steve Mazzagatti stands the fighters up. This is because Lesnar hit Mir in the back of the head from half guard. There is no denying that Lesnar hit Mir in the head (more than once) but Mir also turned away from the punches that Lesnar was throwing so he was somewhat responsible. I’ve seen other instances where this has happened and the ref has warned a fighter and let the fight continue on the ground. Mazzagatti gave no warning to Lesnar about the punches, stood the fighters up and deducted a point. While it is possible that Mir could have recovered from half guard if Mazzagatti just warned Lesnar and let the fight continue from the ground, it is also possible that Lesnar would have been able to win from half guard with grounding and pounding, as he did in his other mixed martial arts fight.
This leads to a tricky situation in which there must be a balance between the fighter’s safety and the power of the referee. While I disagree with Mazzagatti’s call, there are others who agree with. Personally, I feel it would have been better to issue a warning to Lesnar and let the fight continue from the same position. There have been other fights such as between Shamrock and Ortiz or Ortiz and Liddell where some felt that the ref stopped it to early. The one argument I’ve heard is that they are fighters and should expect damage. While this is true, there might be situations where a fighter is unable to tap or verbally submit and instead of serious damage occuring the ref should stop in. Isn’t it more important for a fighter to be able to fight again then to risk serious injury?