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Ross Pearson Appealing Split Decision Loss To Diego Sanchez
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.09.2014



The Telegraph and MMA Junkie both report that Ross Pearson (15-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and his team have filed an appeal with the New Mexico Athletic Commission after his split decision loss to Diego Sanchez (25-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 42. The event, UFC's debut in New Mexico, happened at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque and aired on Fox Sports 1.

Pearson's training partner and corner-man Dean Amasinger said that the team hopes the decision is overturned to a no contest at least. Pearson had a 30-27 score from judge Marcos Rosales, which was the majority opinion of most MMA journalists. Thirteen of 14 scores tracked by MMA Decisions scored the fight the same, with the 14th at 29-28 (also for Pearson). Jeff Collins scored it 30-27 for Sanchez and Chris Tellez had it 29-28 for Sanchez, giving him the first and third rounds with the second going to Pearson (the round where he got a knockdown and takedown).

Amasinger said: "I wrote a detailed explanation of why I thought it was unsatisfactory, (and) how we thought the rounds were scored. I put the details and links to the FightMetric stuff that we'd already been able to see because it was probably 14 minutes after the fight. I put what MMA journalists had put, where every single one of them had scored it toward Ross. My main grievance was the inconsistency of one judge being 30-27 toward Sanchez, which we just can't see where that was from, and I even made the statement to (check the scorecards individually). They showed me the summary of the scorecards, but not the individual ones. I wanted to see if they put the individual ones to see if they actually put Sanchez, because I've heard of things where they actually put the wrong name. But they didn't have that on hand to give to me, and I put that in the appeal that I wanted that to be checked, because it didn't seem right."

During a post-fight interview on Fox Sports 1, Sanchez was bleeding from several spots on his face after being hit by Pearson constantly in the fight. FOX Sports 1 commentator Kenny Florian said he couldn't believe what happened. He added: "I'm sorry, Diego Sanchez, I love you, buddy, but Ross Pearson won that fight. 30-27 for Diego Sanchez those judges should be ashamed. There's no other way to say it."

The decision has been mocked by fans and MMA media, with many considering it one of the worst in MMA history.

Amasinger added that there will be an investigation. He said: "The woman was very sympathetic. She said, I can't comment on the result, but I'm taking this matter incredibly seriously. There will be a full investigation into it. We'll get back to you.' I suppose there's not a great deal more we can do than wait to hear what they say."





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