Originally Posted by Lance_Uppercut
I can understand this sentiment, but my own feelings, the champ and challengers, or any fighter, should be judged the same. Same goes with the "he has to TAKE the belt" logic. Playing field and rules should be the same no matter who you are. Not like champs or highly popular fighters don't get the extra home cooking or benefit of the doubt at times anyway. Of course, I was a big Atomic bull fan back then (well, still am), so I COULD be a tad biased....nah, can't be.
I should have phrased it differently because I agree with your post completely. I think a chance to see if he could have recovered was warranted. He was hurt, but many fighters have been hurt worse and come back. Still not a bad stoppage though.