‘He should be held accountable’: MMA world reacts to controversial Liz Carmouche vs. Juliana Velasquez stoppage at Bellator 278


Liz Carmouche finally claimed a world title, but the win was steeped in controversy.

Flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez was giving Carmouche all she could handle for the better part of twenty minutes at Bellator 278 in Honolulu on Friday night. Or at least, she was until late in the fourth round when Carmouche secured a takedown and advanced to the top crucifix position, where the UFC veteran began to drop short elbows on the champion’s face.

Though the blows did not appear to be seriously damaging, referee Mike Beltran jumped in once he deemed that Velasquez was unable to escape the position, stopping the bout at 4:47 of the fourth round.

Velasquez protested immediately the ceasepage and many people in the MMA industry believe she was justified. Below, you can see what Patricio Pitbull (Bellar featherweight champion) and other members of the MMA community had to say about this controversial main event.