Goodall Speaks Out on No Contest Ruling
What started out as a rumour from our own Gossip Queen is true. The Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission (MBWC) has overturned the bout between Ricky Goodall and Steven Rogers into a No Contest. Originally the match was won by Goodall via rear naked choke at Elite 1: High Voltage earlier this month. However, there was an apparent groin shot that happened in the fight, but referee Roger Doiron did not halt the fight and Goodall continued to slap on the submission. As you would understand, Goodall is not happy about the new ruling.
“From what I understand, Roger’s manager and from what I know is his wife was going to contest the fight because of a low blow. I received that from an email from Graham Walker last night.” Says Goodall. “The groin knee is still debatable. I am not saying it did happen and I am not saying it didn’t happen but that is up for speculation. Basically they are saying they are overruling the decision because of that. “
Goodall has reason to be displeased. This is the first time that I have ever heard of a fight being overturned so late because of something happening during the fight. When Goodall sent me his contract that he signed for the event, there is a rule that the commission can’t not do this. The article was in six, part B that states
It is expressly understood that this contest is not to be terminated by a Low blow, as the protector selected by the fighter is, in his opinion, sufficient Protection to withstand any so-called low blow, which might incapacitate the said Fighter.
After the fight I did talk with Rogers for a brief minute and he said that he was not wearing the proper protection in the match. He reiterated this to MMA journalist Andy Cotterill, saying “I should have been wearing a cup that would allow me to continue to fight even if kneed in the groin.” Proper protection or not, Rogers appears to be kneed in the groin and it led to the eventual submission.
Usually under these circumstances there would have been a hearing on the matter but there was no such thing.
“Walker only sent me an email. They didn’t call me and tell me anything was happening, that there was going to be a board or some kind of an opportunity for me to defend myself. They basically said that we had a meeting and they decided to overrule,” says Goodall.
When I contacted to Moncton Boxing and Wrestling commission I was able to speak to Graham Walker himself who had sent the email. When I asked him about the ruling, he said there was a hearing about the manner after an email from Roger’s management.
“The decision was reached by everyone who was at the meeting,” says Walker. “They seen the low blow but apparently the judge did not see it and then we received a letter from the other fighter asking to look at the DVD as to whether or not there was an appeal there. We looked at everything and came to decision that it was a low blow and we would call it a No Contest.”
When asked why neither fighter was notified or at the hearing he said:
“That decision was made by the commission that it was the best judgement call we could make. What would be the good of having a hearing? It basically boils down to a decision you have to make as to whether it was a low blow or if it wasn’t a low blow. “
As to whether an appeal can or will be made on the No Contest, he stated
“I talked to Rob (Walker, Goodall’s manager) and he and I hashed that out and he said he was sending me something today and I think we will take another look at that.”
Right now there is no date for a hearing or if the fight will be overturned to the original decision but a letter asking for the appeal has been sent by Rob Walker who is Goodall’s manager. When I contacted Elite 1 promoter Steven Williams about the incident, he could not believe it as well.
“I wasn’t aware of it till last night when someone called and told me,” says Williams. “At this point we are just going to let it ride. Either way it doesn’t have anything to do with Elite 1 and we have no clue what is going to happen. It was a thing where the commission got a complaint from Roger’s camp and they acted on it. In the day I have never seen where three weeks after the fight, they change it. At this point, Elite 1 did not know this was happening and I felt bad for Ricky because it was an accident and whatever happens, it happens.”
Goodall is more than happy to do a rematch for the Elite 1 Lightweight title, but it will have to wait. Williams said that a rematch will happen but it will have to wait till October because Goodall will be out of the country during the next event on July 17th.
When I contacted Steven Rogers about this, he said that it was his management who had filed the claim. He also stated
“The comments I made after the fight was that I didn’t really want to bash my opponent or say anything bad about him. Everyone was booing him and everything at the fight. I was just kind of speaking not realizing it was going in an article or anything else. Just for the record I was wearing a cup and it was a shock doctor cup and a puckter, a sports cup that you buy online. I am sure I would have been able to continue the fight if the referee had seen it and stopped it to give me time to recover. Shit happens and that is not the way it went down.”
Top MMA News will keep an eye on the story and will be the first to let you know if anything happens.
Update: Keith Grienke updated the quote from Andy Cotterill. Previously, it was written that “he did say he was not wearing a cup in an article about the same event to fellow MMA journalist Andy Cotterill.”