Despite Dana White’s insistence that Erick Silva got screwed when referee Mario Yamasaki disqualified him for illegally striking Carlo Prater on the back of the head at UFC 142, the UFC, who served as the regulatory body at the Brazil event, will not overturn the outcome of the fight.
UFC executive vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner issued a statement on UFC.com explaining that it wasn’t the type of decision that could be reviewed. Ratner also announced that the UFC will begin to use instant replay at all international events regulated by the UFC.
“Based on the referee’s verbal warnings and his determination that the blows were intentional and a disqualifying foul, this is not the type of decision that can be reviewed. Therefore, the decision stands. Recently, Zuffa has decided to implement the use of instant replay at all international events that are self-regulated, and to encourage all regulators to consider the feasibility and effectiveness of instant replay in the sport of MMA. While instant replay would not have reversed the call in the Silva-Prater bout, we believe that it could be valuable to referees and the sport in the future.”
While I don’t necessarily agree that Silva deserved to be disqualified, it’s the good to see the UFC going by the book and not overturning the result just because Dana White thought it should be. Conflicts of interest could easily arise with self-regulation, but as long as the UFC plays it straight there shouldn’t be any problems while they work towards their goal of establishing an international federation of mixed martial arts to regulate events across the globe.
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