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Referee Joe Cortez finally comments on the McGregor and Malignaggi knockdown

“Now that I can talk about it, to me it was like nothing even happened,” Cortez said (transcribed by Peter Carroll for MMA Fighting). It was just a freaky thing. Was it a knockdown? I don’t know. Was it a slip? I don’t know. It was just a sparring session.”“I wasn’t about to make any ruling on it because sparring is sparring,” said Cortez.“You can get pushed, you can slip or whatever, and I wasn’t about to call anything either way, it was just a freak thing that happened.

“I wasn’t even considering giving it a count. To me it was just an ordinary thing. It could’ve been a push, it could’ve been a slip. It was a sparring session, there was nothing I was considering about anything, it was just a little thing that happened.

“I can’t say it was a push, I can’t say it was a slip – it was just something freaky that happened in there. During the clinch you could pull back and he could’ve went this way or that way.”

So, was it a pushdown or a knockdown? The debate continues in the comment section!

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