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Jonathan Martinez’s manager plans to file appeal over controversial split-decision loss to Andre Ewell

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jonathan Martinez’s manager plans to file an appeal on his behalf after the bantamweight lost a controversial split decision to Andre Ewell this past weekend at UFC 246.

Jason House from Iridium Sports Agency confirmed in a statement sent to MMA Fighting on Monday that he will file the appeal with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation following his client’s loss on Saturday night.

In particular, House points towards the scorecard belonging to judge Joe Soliz, who scored the fight 30-27 for Ewell.

“We plan on filing an appeal this week on behalf of Jonathan Martinez,” House said in the statement. “A large part of this appeal will focus on the judging done by Joe Soliz, who scored the bout 30-27 for Ewell.

“Mr. Soliz consistently demonstrated his incompetence and inability to score a mixed martial arts bout properly throughout the night. It is our goal to get the decision overturned and ensure that Mr. Soliz never judges one of our client’s fights again.”

Soliz came under fire for a number of controversial scores handed out during fights at UFC 247 from Houston.

In addition to the 30-27 scorecard in the Ewell-Martinez fight, he also gave Trevin Giles the first round in his fight against James Krause after he spent several minutes fending off a rear naked choke on the ground. Both of the other two judges — Patrick Patlin and Joshua Ferraro — scored the opening round for Krause.

Soliz was also the only dissenting official in the main event after he scored the fight 49-46 for Jon Jones with the other two officials giving him the win by a score of 48-47. Soliz gave round 1 to his opponent Dominick Reyes with the other four rounds all being scored for Jones.

Typically appeals filed to state athletic commissions over scoring issues are rarely overturned unless there was an error with the actual scorecard submitted by a judge. In this case, House is obviously banking on Soliz never judging one of his client’s fights again after the controversial scoring from Saturday night.