The middleweight bout was declared a no-decision after Stewart took a blatantly illegal knee in the first round of the bout. Referee Herb Dean twice called the cageside doctor in to look at Stewart, and the second time, the doctor decided Stewart could not continue after testing his gait by asking him to walk.
Because Dean ruled the foul unintentional, and two of three rounds had not elapsed in the non-title fight, the bout was declared a no-decision. Had it been ruled intentional, Anders would have been disqualified.
Dean, though, unintentionally raised Anders’ hand partially as the decision was read.
Check out how fighters reacted to the UFC Vegas 21 fight.
1000 apologies to @Darren_mma. I know he wanted to keep going. I made a critical error in the heat of the moment and it cost us and the fans a barn burner.— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) March 14, 2021
Stay down— Bonecrusher ☠️ (@Marc_Diakiese) March 14, 2021
Come on bro these guys don’t know the rules ♂️ ♂️ ♂️ ♂️ ♂️ ♂️ some Dumb shit #UFCVegas21— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 14, 2021
Dude! Did we somehow forget what it means to be a grounded opponent!— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) March 14, 2021
Are u fucking kidding me !!! Fuck the doctor— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) March 14, 2021
As long as ppl with a brain of reason can see the difference https://t.co/D56C1Pra42— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021
Same illegal strike but no extra show— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) March 14, 2021
YOU CANT KNEE SOMEONE IN THE HEAD WHEN THEY ARE DOWN— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) March 14, 2021
I don’t understand what’s going on out there... #UFCVegas21— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) March 14, 2021
No contest ? Or Dq? Oh shit now I’m confused! But it was ilegal knee! #UFCVegas21— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 14, 2021
The ref tells us literally before EVERY FIGHT ♂️ https://t.co/qAIRgokbt1— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) March 14, 2021
♂️— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) March 14, 2021