All through the historical past of blended marital arts (MMA), a number of fighters have filed appeals after controversial losses resulting from what they felt was dangerous officiating or judging. However getting athletic commissions to really overturn the unique determination has confirmed to be a troublesome job.

However in a uncommon profitable attraction, Final Preventing Championship (UFC) Featherweight contender, Chas Skelly, had his submission loss to Bobby Moffett at UFC Struggle Night time 139 in November of 2018 overturned to a “no contest” by the Colorado Workplace of Combative Sports activities and Colorado Combative Sports activities Fee.

That’s in response to Skelly himself, who took to Twitter to have fun the information and supply and a part of the letter he was given explaining the fee’s determination.

“In reviewing the bout video in its entirety, in addition to the video submitted by you, I’ve concluded that the mechanics of the referee helped in creating an premature stoppage of the struggle, which resulted in an incorrect determination being rendered on this bout,” wrote Tony Cummings, director of the Colorado Workplace of Combative Sports activities director. Whereas I discover no malice within the referee’s actions on this state of affairs, it’s my opinion that the view of the struggle ending sequence confirmed {that a} correct protection was being employed and that as such, the sequence ought to have been allowed to play itself out. There was no indication that the submission try resulted in you verbally submitting or being rendered unconscious. As a result of there was no indication of a verbal or bodily submission, nor any indication you had been rendered unconscious, and that the referee’s mechanics contributed to the premature stoppage of the bout, this bout will probably be overturned to a ‘no contest,” Cummings wrote. “The outcomes of this attraction will probably be despatched to the suitable file maintaining knowledge bases for recording.”

Midway by means of spherical two, Skelly discovered himself on the mistaken finish of a d’arce choke. After making an attempt his greatest to get into a greater place to outlive, the referee on obligation inexplicably jumped in and put an finish to the struggle. Naturally, Skelly instantly popped as much as his ft to protest the decision.

See the way it all went down right here.

Whereas the data will now present a “no contest” as an alternative of a loss, a variety of the harm — which probably gained’t be reversed — has already been performed.

As a result of botched name, Skelly wasn’t given the chance to not solely earn the win, however the different half of his paycheck. Had Skelly gotten out of the maintain and went on to win the bout, he would have earned an additional $25,000 in “win bonus” cash. To not point out, he might have probably earned one other $50,000 with a “efficiency” bonus.

Then once more, there is no such thing as a telling if Skelly would’ve been in a position to escape Moffett’s tight choke if he was given a number of extra seconds. Certainly, there are a variety of “what ifs” that Chas has needed to cope with since.

Nonetheless, for those who ever catch your self questioning a fighter’s determination to attraction a controversial loss be it resulting from incompetence judging or officiating, because of this they do it.