Joe Rogan has claimed that ‘an error or corruption’ was present in Tyson Fury’s fight against Deontay Wilder last weekend.
Fury knocked Wilder out in the 11th round, having previously hit the canvas three times, while Fury was knocked down twice.
But some eagle-eyed fans claimed Fury had a longer-than-average count, which obviously went in his favour, as it allowed him time to get back on his feet and carry on fighting.
Referee Russell Mora had to interrupt his count to go and tell Wilder to get back into a neutral corner and some fans reckon this gave Fury an advantage.
Now, UFC commentator Rogan has weighed in with his thoughts and he appears to believe Mora got it wrong.
Speaking during an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, he said: “This is what happened. The referee is supposed to go ‘One two…’ when the guy goes down.
“But if for any reason he has to interrupt the count, you’re supposed to pick up the count where the ringside counter has it.
“So there’s a guy who’s counting ringside, and he’ll keep the count going. So if you’re at ‘One, two,’ and then you’re like ‘Go to a neutral corner,’ that guy is supposed to be like ‘three, four, five,’ but he didn’t.
“He went back to it, ‘three, four,’ but the guy had already been down for a couple seconds. Without a doubt, it was a long count. I think it’s an error or corruption. Most likely an error, most likely the guy’s panicking.”
Last week, other names from the industry also voiced their opinions on the ‘slow count’.
Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion, Dustin Poirier, tweeted: “That was a slow count, we gotta fight!”
While super former middleweight boxer Andre Ward and former UFC star, Daniel Cormier, wrote: “I agree with @andreward the count was crazy slow! He isn’t supposed to stop counting to tell Deontay to go to his corner.”
Speaking after his win, Fury denied that he was hit when he was knocked over.
He said: “I wasn’t hurt. You get hit, you wake up on the floor. I got up and was very conscious the whole time. I was one punch away from knocking him out in the whole fight.
“I am the greatest heavyweight champion of my era, without a doubt. Number one. If you play with fire long enough you will get burned.”