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Wyoming State Board of MMA issues statement on RFA 14 incident


In the main event of RFA 14 on AXS TV Saturday night, Matt Manzanares and Junior Maranhao faced off for the promotion’s vacant flyweight title. Fans were left stunned between the fourth and fifth round, when Maranhao collapsed in his corner and went out cold.

You can view the GIF here and learn more details of how it went down.

Rather than call the bout then, the cageside physician gave an inadequate glance at Maranhao and allowed the fight to continue after his corner said that the fighter would be okay.

Following the event, FanSided reached out to the Wyoming State Board of MMA for comment and this was their response.

Dear Mr. Sanchez,

Thank you for reaching out to the Board. As to your question regarding Mr. Maranhao, he was thoroughly examined by a licensed physician after he fell off his stool between the 4th and 5th round of the RFA event in Cheyenne on April 11. He was also examined by his corner men and the referee. All parties, including Mr.Maranhao, believed and stated unequivocally that Mr. Maranhao was medically safe to and capable of finishing the fight. In fact, he fought well in the last round and lost in a close split decision. He was examined by a licensed physician after the bout as well and again found to have no neurological or other medical issues of concern.

The Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts stands by our physicians and officials and has the utmost confidence in their ability to assess the medical status of Wyoming contestants. Safety is the Board’s number one priority and all necessary precautions were taken at the April 11 RFA event to ensure that Mr. Maranhao was safe to continue fighting.

Again, thank you for your interest in Wyoming MMA.

Quite frankly, the response just doesn’t add up.

The referee and doctor did not conduct a thorough examination like the board claims, and his cornermen should never have hurried to wake up Maranhao and drag him back to his stool.

In most places, the corner, ref and doctor would at least receive a fine, but these actions should have resulted in a stripping of their licenses for gross negligence.

The Wyoming board dropped the ball on this one.

What are your thoughts on the Wyoming Board of MMA’s stance? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • bwellerr

    If there was no neurological damage and nothing wrong with Maranhao, you’re going to have a hard time saying that the actions of the ref and doctor, “should have resulted in a stripping of their licenses for gross negligence”. If, as the commission claims, “Mr. Maranhao was medically safe to and capable of finishing the fight,” then there’s really not much room for outrage. Is there anyway to confirm that Maranhao is okay?

    • http://goo.gl/Cxpa1x Dell

      They should still get new referees because he could have easily had serious damage done to him.

      • joshsanchez

        The statement does not reflect how things actually went down. If they would have reviewed the video, they would have seen that the doctor never even checked Maranhao. He simply asked his corner if he was okay. The ref should call a fight as soon as they see someone go unconscious.

        If fighter safety is truly a priority, the fight would have never been able to continue.