Posted by Svartorm
It's Awad's fault for not giving a thumbs up or indicating he wasn't really hurt, considering he hit the mat like a ton of bricks.
I have to disagree, I think the onus is on the ref to make a decisive call in that situation. When Awad sees the ref walking Rickels to his corner and NOT signalling an end to the fight, there's no reason for him to think that he needs to tell the ref he's okay. I'd probably take a second to collect my thoughts and give a quick "whew" knowing that the bell rang just in time too. Waugh had plenty of time to at least ask Awad if he was okay and make a decision based on his answer and if he seemed out of it or not. His reaction to the whole thing was too slow, but that stuff happens with officiating in any sport.
Now it certainly would have been a smart thing to do in hindsight, there's no arguing that at all.