I thought the same thing until I heard from a few guys who know Flores and were Columbia people. They said he's extremely dramatic and would do stuff like this when he thought he'd lose. They also pointed out how well he was able to throw in double legs and nearly turn Rey, but then became disoriented again when Rey escaped. It somewhat makes sense, but I am surprised the ref didnt stop it.
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MY understanding is that the ref CAN stop the match for a medical consultation. He should have kept stopping the match, repeatedly, and calling for the trainers, until the coach, or someone, got the message.
Crying wolf? If Flores had been prone to the dramatics of FAKING disorientation in the past, then perhaps medically forfeiting him may have halted such behavior.
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I know this is going to make people mad and I don't want to debate this, but he is a grown man. If he wants to continue, I say let him. He isn't under 18. He is responsible for every single decision he makes off the mat, so why not on it? Just my point of view, please don't berate me with how horrible of a person I am. I just believe people of adult age should be allowed to make their own decisions.
I agree once again that reactions to supposed concussions are out of control, but Flores was obviously beyond any mild bump on the head. I can move better than that after a case of beer. He was on rubber legs street big time. Any boxing match he would have been called technical knock out. This was crazy!
The way I was stumbling I was sure the match was going to be stopped and felt horrible for Flores and the ref who I assume was going to stop the match.
I understand how the ref was extremely reluctant to stop, but Flores coach should have been the one to do this.
It is a super difficult situation to pull your guy off the mat during a semifinal against a guy he just beat, but he was out of it.
Some of us may recall (I do VERY well, as I saw it live and in person) that Flores has a bit of a history with concussions.
I first saw it two years ago (I think that's right) at the national duals in Cedar Falls, when he defaulted out of a match with a concussion. He looked and acted very similar then as to how he did Saturday night.
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