Originally Posted by jtaylor42
If Burns couldnt make a fist then he shouldnt have been medically cleared to fight. There is no excuse for poking someone in the eye 5-6 times during a fight.
The NSAC should absolutely overturn the decision.
However, I really dont know if all the criticism of Mazzagatti is warranted. He was on the back side of the poke and uppercut so to him it looked like a KO combo. He has to stop the fight and make a ruling immediately. Currently there is no instant replay rule in effect for MMA so I dont believe he had the option of overturning his decision after seeing the big screen replay. I dont feel he is at fault.
I agree 100%. Maz was on the opposite side and couldn't see the poke, so I don't blame him for the end of the fight. BUT, Johnson had been poked a couple of times and Maz didn't even stop the action, which I think is retarded, he just said "keep the hand closed" or something. So I still think he could have done a much better job.
I do think the commission should look at this and use their own rules to overturn the decision.
1. If a contest or exhibition of mixed martial arts is stopped because of an accidental foul, the referee shall determine whether the unarmed combatant who has been fouled can continue or not. If the unarmed combatant’s chance of winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of the foul and if the foul did not involve a concussive impact to the head of the unarmed combatant who has been fouled, the referee may order the contest or exhibition continued after a recuperative interval of not more than 5 minutes. Immediately after separating the unarmed combatants, the referee shall inform the Commission’s representative of his determination that the foul was accidental.
2. If the referee determines that a contest or exhibition of mixed martial arts may not continue because of an injury suffered as the result of an accidental foul, the contest or exhibition must be declared a no contest if the foul occurs during:
(a) The first two rounds of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled for three rounds or less; or
(b) The first three rounds of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled for more than three rounds.
3. If an accidental foul renders an unarmed combatant unable to continue the contest or exhibition after:
(a) The completed second round of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled for three rounds or less; or
(b) The completed third round of a contest or exhibition that is scheduled for more than three rounds,
the outcome must be determined by scoring the completed rounds and the round during which the referee stops the contest or exhibition.
That sounds to me like it sould have gone to the scorecards... Likely winner: Anthony Johnson. I know it might be weird to go back and do that, but since Maz couldn't be expected to see the poke, I think it's the only fair thing to do.
P.S. This was in Nevada, right?