The World MMA Association (WMMAA) just fired head judge Radmir Gabdullin, citing “imprudence, inexperience, and technical inability to evaluate mixed martial arts (MMA) in the professional sector” in the wake of Fedor Emelianenko’s controversial win over Fabio Maldonado back in June.
A win that may or may not have been changed to a “no contest.”
“One of the key factors of MMA is respect, this is a line we should and can never cross,” Worldwide WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein said in today’s release. “That being said, it leaves me no other choice than to release Radmir Gabdullin from his function. We also severely advise that the Russian MMA Union do the same.”
Finkelchtein, who is also “The Last Emperor’s” former manager, probably didn’t like these comments.
Emelianenko, President of the Union of Russian MMA — the organization charged with selecting event judges and referees (including Gabdullin) — defeated Maldonado by majority decision (28-28, 29-28 and 29-28), despite losing a clear-cut 10-8 first round that prompted “The Iron Hillbilly” to appeal (details).
To watch highlights of that fight, which aired on UFC Fight Pass, click here.
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