cody-gibson-ufc-fight-night-44

SAN ANTONIO – In a fight that was as furious as it was fast, Cody Gibson (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) came back from the brink of defeat to notch a first-round TKO of Johnny Bedford (19-11-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the 0:38 mark of Round 1 – though the ending was not without some controversy.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 44 event at AT&T Center in San Antonio. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FOX Sports 1.

Bedford got off to a good start in the opening exchange, backing Gibson up against the fence and launching a jumping knee that tagged his opponent on the crown of the head. But just as Bedford got a little too aggressive in his attack, Gibson fired back with two right hands. The second dropped Bedford straight back, bouncing his head off the mat.

That’s where things got weird, as referee Kerry Hatley initially moved in as if to stop the bout, then appeared to hesitate, then finally waved off the bout just as Bedford appeared to have regained his wits.

Gibson wasted no time launching into a victory celebration, but Bedford was up on his feet right away, livid with Hatley’s stoppage and parading around the cage in protest.

After the bout, Gibson told UFC commentator Jon Anik that he saw Bedford’s eyes roll back in his head after the right hand landed.

“But when I put someone down, I want them to stay down,” Gibson added. “Johnny’s up and he’s protesting, so if he wants to do it again, man, let’s do it.”

Gibson gets his first UFC win after dropping a decision in his debut in February. Bedford gets his second unsatisfying result in a row, with this questionable stoppage coming on the heels of a no-contest finish against Rani Yahya in April.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 44 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 44, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on-site in San Antonio.)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Comeback: Jon Jones' plea deal, UFC 200 bookings galore, no 'Cyborg' for Holm

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Fea read news >>

The Comeback: Romero's punishment, Cormier-Jones at it again, OSP a major underdog

  • 24 days ago
  • 37 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Monday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Featu read news >>

The Comeback: More UFC main-event injuries, 'Rampage' returns, Jones' latest plea

  • 23 days ago
  • 50 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Tuesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bell read news >>

The Comeback: Why Nunes got title shot, Rousey targets return, 'Dada 5000' update

  • 22 days ago
  • 55 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Wednesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Be read news >>

The Comeback: Why no Holly Holm rematch? UFC champ Miesha Tate explains

  • 21 days ago
  • 121 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Fea read news >>

UFC Fight Night 86 results: Mairbek Taisumov stops Damir Hadzovic with another KO

  • 19 days ago
  • 28 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – When Damir Hadzovic started to look a little confident in his striking, Mairbek Taisumov made sure to shut that noise down in a hurry.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

The Comeback: 'Rumble' not happy, new 'TUF' coaches, greasing-allegation fallout

  • 17 days ago
  • 69 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Monday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bella read news >>

The Comeback: Confidence for 'Cupcake,' GSP teases return (again), 'PVZ' on 'DWTS'

  • 16 days ago
  • 12 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Tuesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bell read news >>

Cage Warriors 75 results: Middleweight champ Jack Hermansson stops Alan Carlos in third

  • 14 days ago
  • 19 views

Cage Warriors middleweight champ Jack Hermansson earned his seventh consecutive victory and remained perfect under the promotional banner by stopping Brazilian submission artist Alan Carlos with a th read news >>

UFC on FOX 19 results: Relentless Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos stops Omari Akhmedov

  • 13 days ago
  • 25 views

TAMPA, Fla. – Omari Akhmedov was tough as nails, but Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos proved himself a relentless hammer in scoring a third-round TKO at their bout at UFC on FOX 19.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>