Marc Goddard Apologizes For Missing A Look At The UFC 252 Main Event: “I Can’t Call What I Can’t See”

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Marc Goddard takes responsibility for what he sees as a mistake on his part during the main event of UFC 252.

The veteran referee was the third man in the cage in Saturday’s heavyweight championship trilogy bout between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, which saw Miocic win the rubber match by unanimous decision to retain his UFC title. Subsequently, Cormier complained about a glance at the end of the third round that was limiting his vision and there was visible damage to the area during the fight and Cormier’s post-fight upkeep. (UFC President Dana White later said he believed a clean punch caused the eye damage, which was made even worse by the blow).

Cormier also said Goddard admitted after the fight that he missed the foul, a claim Goddard corroborated in an apology he shared on social media on Sunday.

“Immediately after the fight upon seeing the replay, I apologized to Daniel Cormier and his team and am doing so publicly and wholeheartedly for missing what I shouldn’t have – but I can’t call what I can’t see, ”Goddard wrote. “I don’t have multiple reruns and angles, it’s a single take in real time.

There was another peek into the fight that took place in the first round, with Miocic at the reception, and that foul resulted in Goddard’s break.

Goddard added that he believes it is important to be held accountable for his actions, given the vital role he plays on the night of combat.

“I practice what I preach and as a man I stand up straight with my head held high,” Goddard wrote. “If you accept the applause, you must also make mistakes, it is proof that you are listening, being honest and craving improvement. Rude with gentleness, acceptance and ownership. “

See Goddard’s full statement below:

I practice what I preach and as a man I stand straight and headless. If you accept the applause you must also make mistakes, it is proof that you are listening, being honest and craving improvement. Rough with smoothness, acceptance and ownership. Immediately after the fight upon seeing the replay I apologized to Daniel Cormier and his team and am doing so publicly and wholeheartedly for missing out on what I shouldn’t have – but I can’t call what I do not see. I don’t have multiple reruns and angles, it’s a single take in real time. I cannot say how much I have experienced and loved this sport over the past 20 years. I really appreciate everyone who understands.

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