Jake Ellenberger had a right to be pissed after Martin Kampmann was given time to recover in the first round of their fight while he got zilch in the second. But the person with the best reason for being pissed at refs that night was John Albert, who lost via ‘verbal submission.’ He got stuck in an armbar but before he had a chance to tap or escape, ref Kim Winslow stepped in and stopped it. His thoughts on the stoppage:
“I didn’t verbally say, “I quit,” “stop” or “I tap.” Those are the only things you can say to end a match. Just because you grunt, are you gonna stop a guy in the middle of a fight because he grunts for a takedown? I don’t know how else to explain it. I grunted because I was trying to get out of the position.”
“There were two more inches to bend before my stuff started hurting. There was absolutely nothing wrong during that position.”
“My arm didn’t hurt after that position. It’s just a sad story, unlucky call.”
All I know was the story of I grunted trying to get out of the armbar, she stopped it, I kept yelling “I didn’t tap, I didn’t tap!” and she said, “You verbally tapped,” and I yelled, “No I didn’t, no I didn’t!” and Dennis Hallman, being the good coach that he is, went in and started yelling at her and after the fight brought her down to the commission and said, “Explain to me what happened? He didn’t tap” and she goes, “Well he didn’t verbally tap. I was afraid for his arm.” Those were her exact words in front of the commission. It’s however they want to take it.”
Personally I think Albert was screwed but this ain’t the minor leagues. If a fighter wants to test how bendy his elbows are then who are we to stop him? Fortunately for Albert, UFC brass agreed that the stoppage was bullsh*t and still gave him his win bonus.