The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has denied Silva’s appeal of his second-round TKO defeat at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro on June 3, MMA Fighting has confirmed.
Silva filed an appeal seeking to overturn the defeat to a no-contest because they thought referee Eduardo Herdy has prematurely stopped the contest, but CABMMA did not change the result of the bout.
Speaking with the media moments after the bout, Medeiros also felt Silva "could have continued” fighting.
CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio released a statement to MMA Fighting explaining the decision.
In this case, CABMMA will not change a decision rendered at the end of any contest or exhibition unless (i) it determines that there was a collusion affecting the relevant result, (ii) the compilation of the scorecards of the judges discloses an error which shows that the decision was given to the wrong athlete, or (iii) as the result of an error interpreting a provision of our rules and regulations, the referee has rendered an incorrect decision.
The allegations contained in his appeal do not fall in (i) or (ii), and moreover are not within the scope of (iii) above, since the appeal is not based on a misinterpretation of the rules and, but rather on a judgment call of a trained and experienced referee based on Erick Silva's TKO due to Mr. Yancy Medeiro's legal strikes, confirmed by Mr. Eduardo Herdy. Important to point out that it was the knock down taken by Erick and a few landed punches right after the knock down, with no proper defense, which led the referee to interrupt the bout.
If we start reviewing what is considered early stoppages due to KO/TKO, the next big thing will be reviewing scores from judges. It will be a never ending discussion.
And therefore there were no precedents found of overturned results due to KO/TKO in any bout or event sanctioned by commissions members of the ABC, which CABMMA is also a member of.
The Brazilian welterweight dropped to 1-3 in his last UFC fights with the defeat in Rio de Janeiro, with Medeiros improving to 2-0 since moving up to 170 pounds.