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UFC fighter Max Rohskopf waved the white flag when his corner wouldn’t.
Rohskopf was fighting Austin Hubbard on the preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event. Hubbard was firmly in control following the second round, which prompted some soul-searching from Rohskopf. According to UFC.com, Hubbard had a 58-17 advantage in signature strikes.
The ESPN cameras caught Rohskopf telling cornerman Robert Drysdale to call the bout. Drysdale attempted to convince him otherwise, but the 25-year-old told referee Mark Smith he was done.
Rohskopf’s manager, Brian Butler, issued a statement about the result, per Brett Okamoto: “Max suffered from fatigue due to short notice weight cut and pre-existing turf toe. Was not able to overcome both. He will take time off to heal up.”
Bob Bennett, the executive director the Nevada State Athletic Commission, confirmed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani the commission will examine the end of the fight.
“That’s something we will take a look at,” Bennett said. “We might want to take disciplinary action on them. That doesn’t sound like they are looking out for a fighter. Obviously, he didn’t want to come out [and fight].”
Drysdale, meanwhile, defended his handling of Rohskopf in the corner: “I stand by what I did. I expect excellence from the people I train because I love them. He wasn’t seriously hurt, and I felt he needed a mental push. I would expect the same from my coach.”
This is the first loss of Rohskopf’s professional career, dropping his record to 5-1. He had less than a week to prepare for Hubbard, having replaced Joe Solecki on Sunday.
This probably wasn’t the way Rohskopf envisioned his first UFC fight unfolding.