Stephan Bonnar lost an appeal to change the result of his UFC 110 loss to Krzystztof Soszynski.
The Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, which was tasked with regulating the February event in Sydeny, Australia, ruled this past Tuesday that the official result ruling the fight a TKO win in favor of Soszynski stands.
"A review was held ... and the Combat Sports Authority of NSW did not seek to interfere with the referee's decision," wrote Craig Waller, Executive Director of the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, in an email sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) late Tuesday night.
The light heavyweight bout came to a halt early in the third round when an accidental clash of heads opened a huge cut on Bonnar's forehead. With a little less than four minutes remaining in the fight, the cageside doctor examined the bloody cut and recommended the bout be stopped. The referee subsequently called the fight in Soszynski's favor.
Bonnar (11-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) immediately protested the decision and said the bout should be ruled a no contest. Shortly afterward, the original "Ultimate Fighter" veteran filed his appeal with the Australian commission and angled for a rematch with Soszynski (19-9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
According to multiple reports, Bonnar will get his wish when the two meet for a second time at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale on June 19 in Las Vegas.
Bonnar said he is disappointed by the ruling but is moving on. He did not explicitly confirm the rumored rematch.
"It was obviously a battle between me and [the NSW commission], but as far as the fight, Dana White's a fair guy, and I'm pretty confident we'll have that rematch soon," Bonnar told MMAjunkie.com.
Soszynski was unavailable for comment at the time of his writing.