From EdmontonCombative Sports Commission:
ECSC STATEMENT – MFC 33, MAY 4, 2012
BOUT: DIEGO BAUTISTA VS. SABAH FADAI
Background on the Bout Referee:
The referee for this bout was from Manitoba. He has refereed from the locallevel up to and including the MFC previously and the UFC. He is considered ofone Canada’s foremost MMA referees.
At the one minute mark of the first round, the referee terminated the boutannouncing that an illegal knee strike had occurred, delivered by Sabah Fadaito Diego Bautista.
The referee’s decision, announced by the ring announcer, was that it was anaccidental foul, not an intentional foul. Since the call was made during thefirst round of the fight and since Bautista could not continue, in accordancewith the Unified Rules of MMA, the bout is declared a "no contest".That is the rule. The decision is final.
BOUT: ADAM LYNN VS. MUKAI MAROMO
Background on the Bout Judges:
One judge was from Edmonton, Alberta, one was from Red Deer, Alberta and onewas from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The fight went the full three rounds (15 minutes). The final result wasannounced as a split decision (28-29, 28-29, 29-28) in favour of Maromo.
The Lynn camp asked for an appeal of the decision. In the presence ofrepresentatives from the Lynn camp, the ECSC checked the judges’ score cards toverify the scores 28-29, 28-29, 29-28 were recorded correctly. Withrepresentatives from the Lynn camp present, the ECSC checked the recording ofthe official scorekeeper’s score sheet to verify the recording of each roundand the totals for each judge. They were recorded correctly.
The practice in MMA is that the judges’ scores are final. The ECSC respects andfollows this practice. In this instance the judges’ decision is final.
Following each event in Edmonton there is a debriefing of the officials by theECSC.
This post-fight debriefing is standard practice by the ECSC. The feedback isused as one of the determinants of future officiating assignments for events atthis level.
The ECSC has been contacted by the President of MFC and informed that arematch, this time of five (5) rounds, has been offered to both fighters as atitle fight at the next MFC event to be held in Edmonton, August 10, 2012.