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Timing Error Robs Maiquel Falcao of Submission Victory at UFC 123

(Props: TheProwler31 via MiddleEasy)

After a strong start against Gerald Harris at UFC 123, Maiquel Falcao checked out in the third round, deciding to coast to a decision victory rather than try to finish the fight — a terribly anti-climactic ending to what might have been a career-making performance. But things would have turned out a lot differently if not for a monumental screw-up by the timekeeper.

As the above video proves, the horn went off about six seconds before the first round actually should have ended. That wouldn’t make much of a difference in most fights, but Falcao had Harris in a fully-sunk rear-naked choke at the end of the round, and Harris seemed dangerously close to either tapping or passing out. Instead of picking up his eighth-consecutive first-round victory, Falcao became the night’s official scapegoat for boring point-fighters. Not that Big Rig’s behavior in the last five minutes of the fight should be excused, but that shit ain’t fair. I wonder if the timekeeper had money on Harris…

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cecils_pupils- November 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Seriously though, one thing I am not, sir, is trendy. That is just too trendy, sir, seriously.
airikr- November 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm
@ Almost North


@ Kimbos Bread

I seriously am serious though. Sirious (!!) like a heart attack.
Man, I'm on fire today.
itsmontoya- November 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm
I asked Dana White about this on his official Twitter. Still no response :[[
Kimbos Bread- November 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm
@airikr and Almost North

Yeah seriously annoying trend. And I'm seriously serious about it. Like seriously.
Almost North- November 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Yeah people should stop trying to be trendy using words like sir that have only been around for 700 years. TRENDY DOUCHEBAGS
airikr- November 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm
I don't know if you read what i wrote but I don't recall saying that I want to see it, I simply stated that I don't care if it happens. 5 minutes is nothing to be this bitchy about because, in my opinion, it's not that big of a deal. It's a big difference if it's a whole fight. People are going almost as nuts as after the Starnes fight and this is not even close to being in the same league.
I think Fitch's career has turned out pretty good considering how much worse he is than this guy.

And seriously, the Sir thing is getting pretty old and it's not as cool as people using it think it is.
cecils_pupils- November 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm
^^^you, sir, are in the minority here. Most people, including baldfather himself, don''t wanna see a guy ride out a win - that's bullshit point-round-win mentality and it doesn't gain a fighter anything more than a win. Just ask Jon Fitch how that type of decision making is working out for his fan base and his career.
airikr- November 23, 2010 at 11:28 am
I seriously don't get what the big deal is with his passive last round is about. He had the fight in the bag and been looking really good getting there so it's not his problem. Like the brazilian fan boy vaicavalo said, have people forgotten about the Fitches and Shields of the world? They do that shit lying on top of people where there's no danger (if you're not Chael Sonnen) for 3-5 rounds (15-25 minutes) which is far worse in my book and they're doing fine.

I really don't care if a guy that does real good and is exciting in a fight takes a breather and rides out the last round. And since he's apparently insane at stopping all of his other fights, who are you/we to judge him from one round?
BryanF- November 23, 2010 at 11:23 am
Really? No one is going to have the maturity to say this?! **sigh**...Alright...


(Note: The Falcao punch is also a viable solution for teen pregnancies)
RSparrow- November 23, 2010 at 11:13 am
What pisses me off is that I put 25 dollars down for that fight ending in the first round. That was a fucking huge payoff, I knew something might have been up, but it wasn't till yesterday where I saw how robbed he was. (me too) Fucking bullshit, and I can't wait for some answers.
Kimbos Bread- November 23, 2010 at 10:35 am
Dude I was flaming about this the night of the fight and no one seemed to be bothered.

Most people were too busy hanging off'a Rampage's nuts to notice reality for what it is. Ya, you know who you are.
vaicavalo- November 23, 2010 at 10:16 am
@karma: yeah, i knew about him, you knew about him, good for us, but he was totally unknown out of BR

@elentius: focus here, man, i am not talking about nationalities, i'm talking about a bell horning 6 seconds before it should when a guy is about to win by rear naked choke...a guy who was criticized by everyone(media, public, Dana) for being careful on the 3rd(in a land of such amazing fighters like Fitch, Maynard, Kos), people who preferred close the eyes for what happened in the 1st...there are things involved on fights bigger than winning or losing...but you can ignore it, take the blue pill(that may sound weird, but it's just a reference to matrix)

Maiquel has 26 victories and this was second by decision, are you guys sure he is a Shields?
Almost North- November 23, 2010 at 10:05 am

Except that Falcao showed more offense in one round that Shields has in his last 4 fights combined. Don't take the Shields name in vain, it cheapens how boring he actually is.
RwilsonR- November 23, 2010 at 9:32 am
He will get another chance soon enough. Sucks that he was robbed by the bell, but that third round was pathetic. He should have had a point deducted for excessive timidity in that round.
El Famous Burrito- November 23, 2010 at 9:29 am
That sucks for Falco. He would most likely have gotten that choke.

It's hard to feel bad for him, though, since he spent the rest of the fight doing jack shit.

He was beating the piss out of Harris, and could have finished him.

I hope he gets another chance. Dude looks straight-up nasty.
jfjjfjff- November 23, 2010 at 9:26 am
the official timekeeper and the clock you see have no direct correlation. thats why the broadcast clock dissapears with 10 seconds to go.

ultimately you don't even hear the wood claps 10 seconds before the horn. so something got royally fucked up.
brownjhole- November 23, 2010 at 9:23 am
That is some HORSE SHIT! i hope time keeper gets fired.
Elentius- November 23, 2010 at 9:19 am
Yeah Vai, the UFC definitely has it out for Brazilian fighters. The MW champ is definitely not Brazilian. The top HW contender is definitely not Brazilian. No Brazilian fighters from Pride have had multiple chances in the UFC. No Gracie is in the UFC Hall of Fame. They never respected any Gracies for starting MMA. They definitely control the clock, refs, and judges just like an NFL team controls the clock and refs. Mistakes cannot happen because it is a conspiracy.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 23, 2010 at 9:08 am
He isn't a random Brazilian fighter, I new about him before hand who he was and what he had done. Get informed on the less random I suppose.
PurplePancake- November 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

vaicavalo- November 23, 2010 at 7:58 am
i'll paste something i wrote in other site:

First of all we have Gerald Harris, 3-0 on UFC, all KO, a rising star, maybe a future top contender, a new face between the same old guys in MW Okami, Marquardt, Sonnen...

So Harris debuts in the main card against a random brazilian(Maiquel Falcao, just fought in brazilian events), a new gatekeeper for the impressive Harris who won all his fights against guys who were debuting

I think we all know who is the favorite at this point, right?

Ok, fight starts, both guys studying and respecting each other, the brazilian is debuting in a big event and is afraid to do something stupid. Unexpectedly Falcao comes with a flurry of punches and awesome agility, Harris is in panic, Falcao is whooping Harris' ass, goes to the back, works a rear naked choke, thing are pretty ugly to Harris,THE UNDERDOG GOT HIS NECK WITH 14 SECONDS REMAINING ON 1ST ROUND HE WILL NOT GONNA MAKE IT AND...the bell horn just 4 seconds after the 10 seconds advice...the referee breaks the choke

Maiquel confused, thinks he won at first...Harris disappointed, thinks he lost, the referee has to warn him ''It's not over, It's not over, go to your corner"

And I didn't talk about the fact of Harris taps 3 times on the fight

"He tapped in 3 different ocasions, never saw it, i won 3 times in the same fight."
(maiquel falcao)

in the 2nd round again Falcao wins, nothing to argue about it...NOTHING, RIGHT, JUDGES? HUH? ok

3rd round Falcao is winning the fight in an eventual decision, so he just want to reach the end, he is more careful and who wouldn't be? Win on his debut on UFC as a huge underdog on the main card is a great accomplishment. Not a lot of action on the fight, crowd is booing, Falcao is keeping distance, Harris has to engage but can't make it, we can't blame Falcao, Harris is the one who has to attack. The fight ends, harris wasn't able to hurt Falcao and Falcao, while had to fight, massacrated the opponent

So, what we hear about the fight from the crowd, media and Don Baldone himself just after the fight?? "wow, what a shame, the brazilian coward had to engage, you have to finish the fight, never leave to the judges, blame the guy who was winning and didnt want to screw up his debut...what? Jon Fitch? Kosheck? no never heard about them" - the judges part I agree, since someone had the idea to put (not so much) trained monkeys to judge things got pretty ugly

i wonder, if maiquel somehow get affected in the 2nd round after have a submission stolen from him and lose...

i think it got little press coverage about it, deserved more, maybe because it was hard to see, i noticed the round ended early but i thought 'fuck, maybe i was too involved that i didn't see the time running out', but i'm liking that some specialized media is now giving a decent attention to the fact...brazilian are trying to spread it, i commented about it here on the aftermath topic, thanks for the help
Hexed79- November 23, 2010 at 7:49 am

I don't know why, but the timer usually disappears around the 10 second mark. I imagine it has something to do with the broadcast (the onscreen time) and the commission (timekeepers, judges, etc.) not being in sync.

Kind of like how football broadcasters constantly remind that the yellow line indicating the first down on your screen is "not official".
GILL-uh-TEEN- November 23, 2010 at 7:46 am
I've never seen something like this in the UFC before. I doubt the UFC will say anything about this.
undrcroft- November 23, 2010 at 7:42 am
bout time you guys posted about this
cecils_pupils- November 23, 2010 at 7:38 am
Sux for him, especially since he had 300 seconds in the 3rd and did nothing. Falcao certainly won the staring contest though - Harris totally blinked first.