Referee Stoppage is where the referee, during the course of a fight, deems a fighter unable to fight back and stops the fight before any serious damage occurs.
The referee may stop a match in progress if a fighter becomes dominant to the point where the opponent is unable to intelligently defend himself from attacks, appears to be unconscious from a grappling hold, or appears to have developed significant injuries, such as a broken limb. If a fighter's ability to continue is in question as a result of apparent injuries (such as a large cut), the referee will call for a time out and a ring doctor will inspect the fighter and stop the match if the fighter is deemed unable to continue safely, rendering the opponent the winner. However, if the match is stopped as a result of an injury from illegal actions by the opponent, either a disqualification or no contest will be issued instead.
--Ysc87 21:02, 12 September 2007 (CDT)