While most of the reffing at UFC Fight Night: Shogun Vs Sonnen was stellar, there was one moment that had fans scratching their heads. At the end of the first round, Manny Gamburyan was holding the back of his head and was clearly injured. Cole Miller returned to his corner after giving Gamburyan a pat on the back and the ref called for the doctor to come check out at Gamburyan. By the time the second round started, two minutes clicked off the clock and that isn’t sitting right with Miller. No foul was called, no warning was given, and as far as Miller could tell; Gamburyan was given an extra minute for no real reason. Gamburyan ended up the winner of the bout, and Miller has now come out to say he will appeal the result of the fight in front of the commission in Massachusetts.
Miller told FOX Sports
“It was just really odd. The referee didn’t give any indication the fight was over, he also didn’t signal it was a foul. I looked at Manny and then the ref to see what was going on. I had my hand on Manny in a sportsmanlike way to sort of encourage the process and get things moving.
“A referee doesn’t have to say if a strike is legal, a referee has to say if a strike was illegal. No indication was made, but after the fight, the strike was deemed legal. The referee said it was a legal strike. To me, I’ve seen the footage and they all seem to indicate a legal strike.”
“You see these types of things happen often, and very rarely does it go to the fighter making the dispute.
“I just know that fighters can’t get two minutes between rounds because they can’t answer the bell when their head hurts due to a legal strike. That’s not the way the rules work. I can only hope that they see it my way and declare it a no contest.”
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