"He got hit behind the ear, so he was just dazed," Mike Kogan on Monday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato said Zaromskis received a 30-day suspension following the fight, which was part of the MTV2-televised main card of the event at Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.
Profato declined comment on the stoppage, which came at the 2:14 mark of the first round and prompted immediate outcry from Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith.
At the post-event press conference, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said, "I was sitting right in front of it as it happened, and it didn't look like he took a series of unnecessary shots. It takes a lot to bring me out of my chair. It happened when Joe Warren fought Pat Curran, and it just got to a point where you're thinking, 'The guy's arms are down, and he's taking clean shots to the head.' It seems pretty clear and apparent to stop it.
"You have human beings doing those jobs, and human beings are going to in some instances freeze and in some instances they're going to make decisions that we, looking at it with TV screens, would like them to make a different decision. I've seen a few replays. It seemed like it probably could have been stopped three or four shots earlier. But I've got a lot of respect for what those guys do. They're not paid extremely well. They love the game. They want to do the right thing."
Koreshkov and Zaromskis were exchanging strikes when Koreshkov landed a left straight that sent Zaromskis reeling to the canvas at the foot of the cage. Koreshkov pounced and landed 11 unanswered punches before referee Jerry Poe lunged in to stop the punishment.
Koreshkov (12-0 MMA, 4-0 BFC), who trains with two-time Bellator tourney champ Alexander Shlemenko (19-7 MMA, 3-1 BFC), improved his unbeaten streak to 12 fights while Zaromskis suffered the first defeat of his Bellator career.
Kogan pointed to the referee's positioning as a culprit in what he considered a late stoppage.
"If the referee is a foot away from the fighter and taking 20 unanswered punches, it's probably a good time to step in," he said.
Koreshkov is now set to meet fellow finalist and ex-Bellator champ Lyman Good in the finals of the Season 7 tournament, which is targeted for Bellator 82 on Nov. 30 at a venue to be announced.
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(Pictured: Marius Zaromskis)