Scott Jorgensen entered the second round of his preliminary fight against Alejandro Perez in Monterrey, Mexico in obvious pain. Absorbing a kick to the calf toward the end of the first frame, Jorgensen hobbled his way around the Octagon as he attempted to continue the fight.
Jorgensen took some steps, as onlookers watched “Young Guns” leg give out more often than it stood its ground. The referee didn’t stop the fight, nor did Jorgensen’s corner. Plenty a fan and reporter took to social media in an outcry of disbelief. How could a fighter so obviously unfit to compete any longer be allowed to continue?
For starters, Jorgensen said he would have been “pissed” if his corner had stopped the fight.
But referee “Big” John McCarthy – who was not officiating that match — said the rules don’t fall in line with Jorgensen’s mentality. Had the referee paused the match to have a ringside physician examine Jorgensen’s leg, McCarthy has little doubt that the fight would have ended then and there.
“This is not life or death,” McCarthy said to MMAFighting. “For some fans, it is. And they look at it like that. ‘Oh, if he wants to continue on, let him continue on.’ No. You do not let him continue on, because he can’t fight at a level that he is normally capable of in protecting himself. You can’t do that, the fight is going to end up being called. But I’m going to go through a procedure. I’m not going to just sit there and take the fight away.”
Jorgensen would go on to lose the fight in the final minute of the second round. Unable to withstand the pain, Jorgensen fell to the canvas and tapped out.