A referee can allow a fighter up to five minutes of recovery at their discretion following any foul other than a low blow, according to referee and referee trainer Rob Hinds. On a low blow, the fighter gets the full five minutes and can return to the bout at any time up to that five minutes at their own discretion. "Herb handled it perfectly all the way through," Hinds told ESPN.
The official ruling is a no contest at 15 seconds of Round 1.
Fight is over. Jeremy Stephens can't open his eye, and Herb Dean waves off the fight. Fans are throwing things at the Octagon, according to broadcaster Michael Bisping. They came to see Yair Rodriguez, and they're not happy ... until he jumps atop the fence to get them cheering.