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UFC Strawweight Claims She Was Victim Of Early Stoppage Because Of Gender

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Angela Magana (Grey) and Amanda Copper (Black) battle in the Octagon during a UFC bout at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Copper defeated Magana with TKO'd in Round-2. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Using the hashtags #equalrightsinfights and the slightly jarring #letthegirlstakebeatingstoo, UFC women’s strawweight veteran Angela Magana has called for referees to treat female fighters the exact same way that they treat male combatants.

There were a couple of somewhat controversial stoppages at UFC 218 in Detroit on Saturday night, as Herb Dean’s intervention in the Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi fight was considered by most to be premature, and Dan Miragliotta’s intervention in the subsequent Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira bout was pretty much the exact opposite. In the latter instance, Oliveira tapped after taking a vicious elbow strike from Felder, but seemingly unaware, Miragliotta allowed the Brazilian to eat several more hard shots before he jumped in and called a halt to the contest.

While Dean and Miragliotta came in for quite a bit of criticism as a result of these incidents, Keith Peterson didn’t receive any real backlash for his stoppage of Magana’s fight with Amanda Cooper. Magana was doing little to improve her position as Cooper battered her with shots from the back and it was hard to disagree with the referee’s decision to end matters at 4:34 of the second round.

Magana, however, feels that it too was an ill-timed stoppage. She also feels that her gender swayed the official’s call.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the outspoken Magana expressed her dissatisfaction the stoppage and suggested that things might have played out differently if a male fighter was in the same predicament that she found herself in at the time of Peterson’s intervention.

“I need to walk in the cage with a banana in my shorts and a crew cut then maybe the ref will let the fight go. Men can fucking tap out from strikes get hit and the ref wont stop it till 7 shots later after near death expierence,”  wrote Magana, in an apparent reference to the Oliveira – Felder situation. This statement was accompanied by the aforementioned hashtags.

“Amanda was fucking bashing me & overpowering me, I wasnt rocked still moving was completely aware I immediately sat back & bitched at ref,” added Magana minutes later. “Heard my corner yell out I had less than 30 seconds. I was thugging it out hoping for a 3rd & have a chance back on my feet again.”

“In no way by wanting another round am I taking anything from Amanda, in fact her dominance of me could have been far worst I just wanted that opportunity to let that transpire and have another go.”

Perhaps Magana is hoping that by airing her grievances she will compel the UFC to grant her an immediate rematch, as the promotion did for Homasi after the controversial conclusion of his fight with Alhassan. Homasi, however, was far more competitive against Alhassan in that exciting but brief clash than Magana was through 9 minutes and 34 seconds with Cooper.

The loss to Cooper was Magana’s fifth straight – her sixth if one includes a defeat to Aisling Daly on The Ultimate Fighter season 20 (TUF fights are considered exhibition bouts and are not included on a fighter’s official record). With the win, Cooper, a TUF 23 finalist, bounced back from a March submission defeat to the talented and unbeaten Cynthia Calvillo. She is now 2-2 in the UFC and 3-3 overall.

H/t BloodyElbow.

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