Referee Kim Winslow received a fair share of criticism for her work at Saturday night's Strikeforce
event in Las Vegas, most notably from Muhammed Lawal
, but Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer did not feel the criticism was warranted.
"I had no issues with the stoppage," Kizer wrote to MMAFighting.com on Monday when asked for a response to Lawal's post-fight comments about the referee.
Lawal felt Winslow stopped his fight
against Lorenz Larkin
very late, which could have led to Larkin getting seriously injured.
"The commission," Lawal said at the post-fight press conference, "they need to do something with (Winslow). Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref. Let her fight Cyborg or something. Let her fight 'Cyborg' and then let's do a late stoppage of her. Because I watched her almost get Jan Finney
killed by 'Cyborg.' I think the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref and I'll just do a terrible job like her."
In a June 2009 interview
, Winslow, who has never competed in a professional or amateur MMA fight, told MMAFighting.com that her professional background was as an air-traffic controller, but she had trained in "multiple "styles" of martial arts.
"I am not a fighter," she said, "I'm a safety girl. I don't have the warrior spirit, I'm much more concerned about whether the other person is OK. Some of us are meant to ref and some of us are meant to fight. I have the capability to fight, but I'm not the person who fights unless I have to defend myself."
Watch Lawal discuss his issues with Winslow below (6:00 mark).