Nate Marquardt Vs Kelvin Gastelum
One of the most recent examples of a fighter’s corner taking the decision to end a fight happened when Nate Marquardt fought Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 188 in June of 2015.
Marquardt’s movement looked labored in the fight, which he would later claim was due to the fact that he’d been suffering from an illness in addition to being ill-prepared for the altitude in Mexico City.
Gastelum made him pay for it several times during the fight, which was on the verge of being stopped by the ref midway through the second stanza as Marquardt slumped to his knees under heavy fire.
Around this time, Marquardt’s coach Trevor Wittman actually tried to stop the fight by standing on the apron around the Octagon. That can work in boxing, but not in the UFC, so officials just told him to get down and the bout continued.
Marquardt made it out of the round, but when he confessed to his coach that he had “nothing left,” Wittman took action immediately, telling officials that the fight was over.