Originally Posted by donaldbreland
At the end of the day J.B we still have to remember this is a business. People are not always innocent and some are about money more than pride. This stuff does happen. It happened with Liston and Ali. Liston went down without actually getting hit. I'm not saying the UFC is rigged but a few fights can be called before the bell sounds.
I hear ya, you don't gotta tell me about fixed fights, I am well aware of what goes on. It has happened in MMA and the early days of the UFC and we know it for a fact. As they say, what's done in the dark will be brought to the light, and typically when the fix is in, especially in a major fight, the public eventually finds out. Remember, both Boxing and MMA are regulated by the government. Fixing fights is taken very seriously and people can end up behind bars for a long time
Replay proves that Liston DID get hit, but weather Liston really took a dive or not is still up for debate in some circles. In that case there was speculation that Liston had bet against himself and owed the mafia money, but Liston himself later claimed that he lost on purpose because he was afraid of retaliation from Muslim extremists who supported Ali.
In the Silva/Griffin fight, I don't see that fight being a work. The last punch that ended the fight was a clean counter punch that landed right on the button, Griffin may have continued for another few seconds, but if Anderson pounced on him it would have been all over. The ref made the right call to step in before Griffin took any extra punishment.