Matt Mitrione’s is still having issues with his eye. His shoulder is injured. Worse still, there’s a loss on his record that he believes should not be there.
The free-agent heavyweight is planning on appealing his TKO loss to Travis Browne from UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz with the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) due to an alleged series of referee errors, Mitrione confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday.
Journalist Duane Finley was the first to report the news. MSAC director Jen Cobis said she could not comment on whether or not the commission had received an official appeal.
Browne beat Mitrione by TKO in the third round Jan. 17 in Boston. In the appeal, Mitrione believes he proves that referee Gary Foreman made myriad mistakes in the bout, especially with regards to multiple times Browne accidentally poked Mitrione in the eye. Mitrione thinks MSAC should at least change the result to a disqualification.
“My case is extremely strong, extremely valid,” Mitrione said. “And I know a lot of times people have cases when they appeal something and it’s a very valid position and nothing ever happens, it doesn’t get overturned. Well, that’s bullsh*t. A lot of that problem, I think, is because the commission takes a lot of pride in who they hire and they don’t feel like they can be accountable for those mistakes.
“People f*ck up. It happens. I don’t think the commission should take it on the chin like they apparently do and it shouldn’t be a shot at their ego.”
Mitrione, 37, left TD Garden that night with a frightening hematoma over his right eye, partly due to pokes that landed there as well as punches that might not have landed to the area if Mitrione were able to see properly. In the second round, ….View full article
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