Good news for Fabio Maldonado and his fans in the wake of the Brazilian’s controversial decision loss to Fedor Emelianenko last month in St. Petersburg, Russia (replay). Despite having his appeal shot down immediately following the fight, The World MMA Association is giving “The Iron Hillbilly” a second look.
While also removing some of the biased parties involved with the EFN 50 scoring, according to Bloody Elbow:
The WMMA also revealed that they would temporarily suspend WMMAA’s head judge Radmir Gabdullin from his position. Gabdullin, who is a longtime friend and training partner of Fedor, publicly denied Maldonado’s appeal to the Russian MMA Union in the fight’s immediate aftermath.
Don’t let the iron curtain hit you in the ass on the way out.
Emelianenko, President of the Union of Russian MMA — the organization charged with selecting event judges and referees — won by majority decision (28-28, 29-28 and 29-28).
Here is the official appeal straight from the World MMA Association website:
I am Stefano Sartori, manager of Brazilian MMA fighter Fabio Maldonado and we are writing this email to officially appeal about the result of my client fight against Fedor Emilianenko in June 17 on the Main Event of Fight Nights 50.
We watched the tape many times with cool head and we realized there is no way we lost the fight. It’s either draw or Fabio’s victory.
We won R1 with a clear 10-8, not to mention that everyone else in the world besides Official Referee would have stopped that fight. Fedor was tough and came back to won the R2 10-9. The last one is really close and could go either way. So it’s either Fabio’s victory or a draw.
We were extremely surprised to have learned that all the judges of the bout were Russian and they all are ….View full article
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