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Veteran referee Marc Goddard has issued a statement following what many people saw to be a late stoppage in the Mike Perry vs Danny Roberts bout at UFC 204 last weekend.

It was a tight contest between Perry and Roberts, with the latter using his technical striking to outpoint Perry for the majority of the first three rounds. Perry, though, owns some serious power and had the Brit in trouble towards the end of the each of the first two rounds.

And then, with just seconds remaining in the bout, this happened.

Many figures within the MMA community have suggested that Goddard should have stopped the bout as soon as Roberts hit the canvas but the referee, clearly eager to give Roberts an opportunity to recovers and defend himself, allowed three more blows to rain down on the fighter who it appears (with the benefit of replay, it must be said) was out.

As soon as the bout was over, Goddard received numerous complaints on social media and while he says the tone of some of them was distasteful, the referee agrees with the sentiment expressed.

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