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Yves Lavigne: 'I Screwed Up' at UFC 96

Referee Yves Lavigne has acknowledged that he screwed up during the Pete Sell-Matt Brown fight at UFC 96 on Saturday, saying that he knows he took way too long to stop the fight and allowed Sell to take too much damage.

Lavigne told Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press that he made a mistake in trying to stop the fight too early, and then he made another mistake in letting the fight go before ultimately stopping the fight too late.

Lavigne said:
"I did let Mr. Sell take maybe -- not maybe -- I let him take a beating for absolutely nothing," he told The Canadian Press. "So I didn't do my job properly. So basically, I screwed up. I screwed up and I'm going to learn from it and try not to do it again. ... I'm going to make sure not to do it again."
That's good to hear. I think Lavigne should have to serve a suspension for the way he handled Sell vs. Brown, but it sounds like even without facing any disciplinary action, Lavigne knows he needs to improve.

Fierce Action at UFC 96

    Rampage Jackson enters the ring before his match with Keith Jardine at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Rampage Jackson and Keith Jardine posture before their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Keith Jardine kicks Rampage Jackson during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Keith Jardine kicks Rampage Jackson during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Rampage Jackson and Keith Jardine grapple during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Keith Jardine, right, punches Rampage Jackson during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Rampage Jackson punches Keith Jardine during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Keith Jardine kicks Rampage Jackson during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Rampage Jackson clocks Keith Jardine during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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    Rampage Jackson punches Keith Jardine during their match at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

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