I'm not defending the guy by the way... ban him for life for all I care but he held it for like a second and a half. When Babalu did that and the guy went to sleep, he kept his win. This guy who tapped popped right up and it wasn't much worse than BJ / Pulver if at all. Then big bad Goddard had to act like a tough guy again with an amped up fighter.
How many years did that Babalu incident happen, and here we are in 2020 and fans still remember it.
What does that say about these type of acts?
There are some differences and context known vs not known between the two.
David Heath was out of bounds for wearing a t-shirt at the weigh ins with Babalu's mugshot on there. That is too far imo.
Babalu didn't just hold the choke b/c he's an asshole, he did it in retaliation. That context is known.
I am consistent and already asked in this thread above if there is some unknown context between the two fighters in the Op that we do not know about. If there is, I'd like to hear it. If there isn't, it's absolutely inexcusable.