ECSC Statement – MFC 33
BOUT: DIEGO BAUTISTA VS. SABAH FADAI
Background on the Bout Referee:
The referee for this bout was from Manitoba. He has refereed from the local level up to and including the MFC previously and the UFC. He is considered of one Canada’s foremost MMA referees.
At the one minute mark of the first round, the referee terminated the bout announcing that an illegal knee strike had occurred, delivered by Sabah Fadai to Diego Bautista.
The referee’s decision, announced by the ring announcer, was that it was an accidental foul, not an intentional foul. Since the call was made during the first round of the fight and since Bautista could not continue, in accordance with the Unified Rules of MMA, the bout is declared a “no contest”. That is the rule. The decision is final.
BOUT: ADAM LYNN VS. MUKAI MAROMO
Background on the Bout Judges:
One judge was from Edmonton, Alberta, one was from Red Deer, Alberta and one was from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The fight went the full three rounds (15 minutes). The final result was announced as a split decision (28-29, 28-29, 29-28) in favour of Maromo.
The Lynn camp asked for an appeal of the decision. In the presence of representatives from the Lynn camp, the ECSC checked the judges score cards to verify the scores 28-29, 28-29, 29-28 were recorded correctly. With representatives from the Lynn camp present, the ECSC checked the recording of the official scorekeeper’s score sheet to verify the recording of each round and the totals for each judge. They were recorded correctly.
The practice in MMA is that the judges’ scores are final. The ECSC respects and follows this practice. In this instance the judges’ decision is final.
Following each event in Edmonton there is a debriefing of the officials by the ECSC.
This post fight debriefing is standard practice by the ECSC. The feedback is used as one of the determinants of future officiating assignments for events at this level.
The ECSC has been contacted by the President of MFC and informed that a rematch, this time of five (5) rounds, has been offered to both fighters as a title fight at the next MFC event to be held in Edmonton, August 10, 2012.