Smith/Ries Fight Result Changed to No Contest
The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission has changed the result of the Unified MMA 16 fight between Cody Ries and Teague Smith following a protest of a commission timing error from Teague Smith’s team.
The fight was held in Edmonton, Alberta on June 21, 2013. In the back and forth fight, Cody Ries was named the winner by a unanimous decision following a fight of the night performance with Teague Smith. All three judges scored it 29-28 for Ries.
Following the bout, Smith’s coach Luke Harris informed Top MMA News that the second round lasted close to five minutes and 45 seconds while the third round lasted only four minutes. The recap shows that Smith was winning the third round when it ended early. The ECSC timekeeper for the event was Andy Social.
Today, the Edmonton Commission rectified the timing error by declaring the fight a No Contest due to Timing Malfunction when they released the official results.
Teague Smith‘s first reaction to the news of his loss being expunged due to the error was to think of his opponent,
“This sucks for Cody. However, if he were in my shoes I feel that he and his team would have protested also. We both lost a minute in the third. A lot can happen in a minute of fighting.”
Top MMA News contacted Unified MMA promoter Sunny Sareen who agreed switching the result to a no contest was the correct decision.
“The round times were incorrect by the ECSC and do not follow the ABC unified rules. I know it sucks for Cody, but it’s a fairly clear argument by Teague.”
Sareen also hopes to match up Smith and Ries on a fight on a future card to get a winner declared once and for all. The fight was one of the best in Unified history, so fans will be the winner if Sareen can set up the rematch.
“Everyone wants to see round 4 of that fight anyways,” said Sareen.
Hayabusa coach Luke Harris was glad his fighter received a No Contest decision but stated, “It’s not fair to either fighter.”