CONOR MCGREGOR VS. FLOYD MAYWEATHER: MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SUFFERED DURING FIGHT
Looks like that 10th round call by Hall-of-fame referee Robert Byrd , was a smart move after all . After one of the biggest fights in combat history, Byrd received a lot of slack for what appeared to be a permature stoppage , due to McGregor still being on his feet although noticeably wobbling. While McGregor attributes his finish to fatigue , former ringside physician , Darragh O'Carroll , seems to agree with Robert , praising him for "putting the brain before the brawn." In defense of Byrd's call O'Carroll states :
"Byrd's calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury. Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round. Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent."
I think it's safe to say that McGregor should be thanking Robert for getting him out of there when he did . Although Conor didn't win the fight , he fought a lot better than most thought he would and ended up earning the praises from boxing legend's like Mike Tyson:
And hey, he made it out the ring with his brain intact . We say that's a win, win situation right there !