Michael Chiesa (14-3) hadn’t lost since 2014, but that all changed in a controversial ref stoppage Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 112 at the hands of Kevin Lee (16-2) and UFC president Dana White was furious:
In the main event of the card, Lee locked in a rear-naked choke as the seconds were dwindling in the first round and appeared to have Chiesa in a bad position. Chiesa stopped trying to fight off Lee and looked to be going out as referee Mario Yamasaki called for the bell.
Chiesa immediately got up and disputed the call, but the match was over.
He tore into Yamasaki in his post-match interview:
Yamasaki is facing plenty of backlash for not waiting for a tap or for Chiesa to go out.
Chiesa will appeal the decision and called for a rematch with Lee as soon as he can get one.