There was a great miscarriage of justice perpetrated in the Octagon on Saturday night, with Drew Dober and Leandro Silva’s UFC Fight Night 62 bout rudely interrupted by a referee who thought he saw a bout-ending guillotine in action. There was no guillotine, though – no choke, no tap, nothing, and Dober was already escaping the technique. But the referee was adamant that Dober had either tapped or went unconscious or telepathically acquiesced, so Silva was awarded the victory.
It was an utterly outrageous example of bad officiating, and clear as day to all who watched. Yet the commission in Brazil that oversees MMA – the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) – was adamant about the result standing because there was nothing in the rules would allow them to make right what had been made wrong.
Well, today CABMMA offically changed the result… and in so doing, changed the rules that they follow.
Here’s part of the official statement, courtesy of MMAJunkie:
After receiving a detailed technical report from Mr. Eduardo Herdy, referee in charge of the bout mentioned in the case, which in the end clearly states that his stoppage was to preserve the fighter´s integrity, being that his highest responsibility when it comes to the duty of a referee, he has admitted his professional mistake and is willingly in favor to forgo his authority in the bout.
Due to the factors involved and after receiving Mr. Andrew Dober´s formal appeal, CABMMA has defined a fourth provision regarding the change of decision after contest or exhibition, which follows below.
“The Executive Committee may, on an exceptional basis, revert a decision to “no contest” if it determines that a good faith judgment call of a referee was mistaken and therefore considered a self-evident error. Such decision may be taken provided (i) an appeal is filed with the commission within 72 hours of the relevant bout, (ii) the appeal is accompanied by a video (or link thereto) of the bout showing the challenged judgment call, (iii) upon request by the Executive Committee, the relevant referee presents a written justification of his judgment call and (iv) after analysis of the relevant video and justification, the Executive Committee determines that the judgment call was in good faith but considered a self-evident error.”
Hooray for justice being served, but it’s a worth pondering the fact that CABMMA just effected a rule change to retroactively change a fight result.
Not that they would, but what’s to stop them from changing the result of a bout where someone – a popular local Brazilian, for instance – lost fair and square.
Marinate on that for a bit.