This weekend at UFC 210 former middleweight champion Chris Weidman faced off against Gegard Mousasi which ended in one of the most controversial results of the year. Weidman has made the decision to appeal the loss after a chaotic end to the co-main event.
The problem came as referee Dan Miragliotta paused the fight when he believed Mousasi delivered an illegal knee to Weidman during the second round. Under new rules brought in to MMA, a fighter is considered down when they have 4 points of contact with the ground (i.e. two hands and two feet). These rules were brought in at the beginning of 2017, the previous rules were 3 points of contact (one hand and both feet), under the new rules a knee to the head would be considered legal in that instance. Weidman attempted to put both hands on the ground to prevent Mousasi from being able to knee him in the face. However, as the footage shows, Mousasi lifted Weidman’s hands off the canvas (which is perfectly legal). The ref didn’t see this and paused the fight. Officials from the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) came into the cage to speak to Weidman to see if he was fit to fight. it was decided by the officials that the fight should be ended and ruled as a loss for Weidman.
This is not the first time where controversy has arisen because of the NYSAC, at UFC 208 many believed the referee did a poor job and didn’t step in quick enough to stop Germaine de Randamie from apparently striking Holly Holm after the bell, for which many blamed the ref and the commission.
“I thought I was going to win because of the illegal knee, (The ref) left the octagon and looked at a replay, and said it was a legal knee. But in the state of New York, there are no replays. So it’s a crappy situation….If it was a legal knee, I would have loved to have just kept fighting. It shouldn’t have been stopped, but the ref, at the end of the day, is the one who made a judgement call, and in the state of New York, his word is what counts. There’s no replay.” – Chris Weidman
Both Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman expressed interest in a rematch on the night but nothing official has come out as of yet. Later on, Mousasi had this to say about the potential of a rematch.
“I have a lot of respect for Weidman, I don’t want to badmouth him. But if you want to play smart and take advantage of the rules, that’s not my fault. If you want to put your hand down so I cannot knee you or take it up, you’re fighting. Don’t try to take advantage of the rules… At the end of the day, it was legal. That’s what everyone says now. I don’t make the rules. I felt he didn’t want to continue. I think everyone saw that. How is that my fault? I don’t give a (expletive). I won. I like the guy, and he’s a tough opponent, but at the end of the day, he didn’t want to fight.” – Gegard Mousasi
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