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‘What an embarrassment’: Pros react to Jairzinho Rozenstruik stopping Shamil Gaziev between rounds at UFC Vegas 87

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik didn’t give Shamil Gaziev a chance to go the distance in his first UFC main event.

Saturday’s heavyweight headliner ended before the start of Round 5 as a battered and bruised Gaziev was unable to continue following an inspection by referee Marc Goddard. The veteran official found himself in a heated discussion with Gaziev’s team, but it was ruled that Gaziev was having difficulty with his vision and the bout was stopped.

It was the first loss of Gaziev’s pro career and several of the responses on social media were unkind, including that of UFC flyweight Cody Durden who wrote, “Wow, what an embarrassment.” Former light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa also offered a blunt criticism of the ending, writing that “He said he can’t see but the big guy gave up in there.”

Others were complimentary of Rozenstruik’s performance and you can see the best social media reactions to the UFC Vegas 87 main event below.


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