Hawaii's own "Ricky "The Real Deal" Wallace Protests TPF 14 Stoppage
Despite the back to back title fights, the action at TPF 14 was repeatedly marred by the poor officiating of referee Marcos Rosales.
As Dallas Winston pointed out in the live results post, Rosales failed to stop the action in several of the fights he refereed. Most notably, he completely botched his call in the Andre Fili vs. Ricky Wallace bout.When Fili locked in an arm-bar, Rosales stopped the fight before there was even a sign of a tap. If you look closely you can actually see that Ricky was just getting his way out of the bad situation and his arm was bent to the side and readying him to switch over and get on top of the face down Fili. It’s very hard to give Marcos Rosales the benefit of the doubt here. However, since he has a solid record as a referee, we’ll hope there’s never a repeat of last night’s performance.
This was in my opinion and many others the fight of the night and to see it stopped in such a fashion is bad for the fighters, coaches, and the fans.
A fire fight where Fili decided to take it to the mat after getting caught with a good 1, 2 combo in the first 30 seconds. Wallace fought his way back to his feet quickly and the kickboxing battle continued with both men landing nice shots until Wallace stunned Fili to the point where the officials had thought a tooth went flying out which was later determined as his mouth piece which resulted in another Fili take down.
Wallace again worked back to his feet, pressed forward then secured a double leg take down of his own. Back on the feet, the featherweight scrap continued and Fili came back with a vengeance, landing a series of nice knees to Wallace and getting another take down. Fili landed an absolute barrage in the final seconds that had Wallace reeling all around the cage, but he made it to the bell. Fortunately the ref did a good job in the first round by letting the fight continue, as you can clearly see Ricky Wallace used the time before he answers the second bell to completely get his legs back and come back strong.
I mean after Fili did some damage in the second and just when Wallace looked to be fading he got back to his feet and got a take down himself, getting himself right back in the fight. The featherweights went back and forth on the ground for the duration of the round, with Wallace maintaining control on top for the majority of the time. Fili locked in an Armbar from his back.
While it appeared Wallace did not tap, referee Marcos Rosales made another questionable decision and called a halt to the contest, awarding Fili the submission victory. You can clearly see in both angles of the video link above that Ricky did not tap.