Originally Posted by JavierDLC
I agree with Dana to a certain extent when it comes to Cortez, but I think Dana may be a little more hard-line when it comes to his opinions on reffing than most people given the fact that he himself is a fight promoter. That's not to say Dana is wrong though, not at all.
Cortez should have sent them to neutral corners, and sure he could have actually taken 2 points for the head-butt being intentional. However, lets not act like Ortiz was throwing headbutts like that one all night long either. He was rubbing heads a little bit, but there is a big difference between that and the last one he threw. Point deductions are a big deal, and the headbutt did happen very fast. I've watched it a ton of times now, so every time I see it I already know what I'm looking at, but when I watched it live the first time I remember not being exactly sure of what Ortiz did in the moment until I saw the replay. So to say Joe Cortez screwed up by not taking 2 points is kinda nitpicking IMO. Cortez is old, and he's been involved in a few bad calls in his day, but he's also a hall of famer and he DOES know what he is doing. It's no different in baseball where some umpires just have slightly different strike-zones. It's part of the "human element" of the sport. So, yeah, Dana is right in what he says about Cortez making some mistakes in some respects, but I honestly don't think it played the biggest role in the outcome of the fight. That rests solely on the shoulders of Victor Ortiz IMO.