Posted by CWall33
Where is the "official" listing? Just watched the replay, and the "offical" call was TKO.
If Buffer miss-read his cue-cards as "Submission by strikes" for "TKO", then he's needs some glasses.
That was clearly a TKO, even though the dude tapped 1.5 times. Yves was stopping it at that point regardless of the half-hearted tap attempt.
(Request for a UFC rule clarification: What constitutes an official tap? I always heard it was 4 clear taps. )
I believe it is 4 taps...but it doesn't really matter. Most often, the ref stops matches after 2-3 taps, when he can tell the tap is intentional. The only times you actually see a fighter tap 4+ times is when the ref isn't close enough to stop it sooner. They always say safety is paramount...and it is usually obvious when it is an actual tap. On occasion, someone will contest the tap, but I've yet to see a ruling overturned, regardless of the number of taps.
Sometimes a fighter begins to tap, just as the ref is stepping in. I just watched the replay...and I'm very certain that the ref was reacting to the taps. The fight wouldn't have lasted much longer regardless, but I definitely say Submission due to Strikes.