The Pro Take: Fighters React to UFC Louisville Main Event Stoppage

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Nassourdine Imavov, UFC 289 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

UFC Louisville is in the books, and the main event middleweight showdown between Jared Cannonier and Nassourdine Imavov ended in controversy.

A competitive fight heading into the fourth round, it appeared France’s Imavov had begun to take over. And that’s just what played out, with Imavov tagging “The Killa Gorilla” and putting him in defensive mode. Imavov would go on the attack, landing a knee up the middle, then get his hands going again, swinging wildly at the former title challenger.

Cannonier was unquestionably under fire, retreating, and covering up at times. But a couple of strikes later, and referee Jason Herzog waved the fight off with Cannonier still on his feet, and not in any particularly dire situation. Cannonier immediately protested the stoppage, leading to one of the bigger controversial finishes in recent memory, especially with Cannonier chasing what will likely be his last title shot at age 40.

Was the fight stolen from Jared Cannonier? That’s bound to be debated over the coming days. His peers in the UFC and elsewhere certainly had their own opinions, with many believing the fight was ended too soon, including a pair of former UFC champions in Aljamain Sterling and Jamahal Hill.

Check out the “Pro Take” below as Cannonier’s fellow fighters sound off following the UFC Louisville main event!