If you didn’t see it necessary to watch the internet stream of the UFC on Fox 1 preliminary card this past weekend than you missed a very controversial stoppage in the fight between Mackens Semerzier and Robert Peralta.
The two bantamweight fighters went back and forth throughout the majority of the fight, with an edge conceivably given to Mackens for his efforts. That is until in a violent exchange of punches sent Semerzier down and we all watched his opponent Peralta capitalize with a flurry of ground strikes to earn the stoppage victory in the third frame of action.
A replay on the big screens of that last flurried exchange of stand up action showed that it was not a punch that dropped Mackens to the canvas as originally thought, but am illegal head butt. While unintentional, head butts in Mixed Martial Arts are illegal and as a result, had the referee, in this case Big John McCarthy, noticed the infraction the bout would have still been stopped short, but it would have gone to the judges’ scorecards for a decision announcement.
Today Brian Butler of Suckerpunch Entertainment, the manager of Semerzier, announced via his official twitter account that they plan on disputing the stoppage with the commission in order to get the loss overturned into a no-contest.
As far as Mackens is concerned, he is not only seeking his defeat overturned, but he would also like the opportunity to settle the score with Peralta in the form on an immediate rematch.
Now that all the dust has settled, it will be a shocker if the commission does not overturn the defeat, at the same time, I would also be surprised if the UFC does not book the rematch for the two fighters to determine a true winner.
Big John McCarthy admitted the error in his call and even went as far as offering testimony in a possible future hearing on the case in support of Mackens.
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