Over the weekend, Ross Pearson “lost” to Diego Sanchez in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All but two people who watched the fight believe that Pearson won. Unfortunately for the British lightweight, those two people were judging the fight.
Now that the dust has settled, Pearson’s camp has reportedly appealed the loss with a complaint to the New Mexico Athletic Commission.
From The Telegraph:
Telegraph Sport can reveal that Pearson and coach Eric Del Fierro had lodged a complaint with the New Mexico Commission straight after the fight and lodged an appeal. The UFC would need to leave it in the hands of the NM Athletic Commission which has jurisdiction on these matters.
While Pearson has a legitimate complaint, the decision is unlikely to be overturned.
Athletic commissions generally will only overturn a decision based on a referee error, so we will have to see what happens next.
Pearson has since rewatched the fight, and still believes that he should have won the fight.
Just watched the fight I controlled the pace made him miss countered his attacks done more damage stuck to my game plan I WON that fight!
— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) June 9, 2014
Regardless of the decision by the New Mexico Athletic Commission, the UFC should move forward treating the fight as a win for Ross Pearson and book his next bout accordingly.