A loss will remain on Marion Reneau's record despite a questionable scorecard last week.
Pennsylvania Athletic Commission director Greg Sirb told MMA Fighting on Monday that he has reviewed the disputed fight between Reneau and Ashlee Evans-Smith from UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Oliveira and has upheld the split decision.
"The result will stand," Sirb said.
Evans-Smith won the controversial decision Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh by the scores of 30-27, 29-28, 28-29. The red flag came in the judging of the first round. Reneau clearly won it, rocking Evans-Smith against the cage early and clamping on a tight guillotine choke as time expired. Yet, two judges, Phil Rogers and Andrew Adkins, both scored the round for Evans-Smith.
Adkins had Evans-Smith winning all three rounds. Rogers had the fight 29-28 for Reneau, with Reneau winning the final two rounds. The third judge, John Lapcevic, had it 29-28 for Evans-Smith with Reneau winning the first and Evans-Smith winning the next two.
All but one media member or outlet scored the fight for Reneau, according to MMADecisions.com. The first-round score, especially, was so odd that many people thought Rogers and Adkins must have mixed the two women up. That's what Reneau believes as well.
"I'm kind of disappointed that somebody is not owning up to their mistake," Reneau told MMA Fighting last week. "Because that's what I believe it was. I believe they confused us, in some way, shape or form."
When asked what information he garnered from watching the fight again, Sirb declined to comment. He said he never got an official appeal from Reneau's camp.
Reneau's manager Jason House told MMA Fighting that he emailed Sirb about filing an appeal last week. In a phone conversation a day later, House said Sirb told him there were no grounds for an appeal because there was no error in the judging and a ruling cannot be overturned.
Right after the event, Sirb told MMA Fighting's Hunter Homistek that the two judges did not confuse Evans-Smith and Reneau.
"Everybody knew [who was who]," Sirb said. "We talked about [the decision], and it was straight-up. They said [Evans-Smith] won most of the [first] round, and Reneau came on strong. [Reneau] threw a flurry, but she [Evans-Smith] blocked everything and then Reneau had her in some type of choke, probably 10 seconds left."