To no one’s surprise, Chris Weidman is going to appeal his UFC 210 loss to Gegard Mousasi.
On April 8 in Buffalo, New York, Mousasi earned a second-round TKO win over the former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight kingpin. However, the stoppage, which came at 3:13 of the second round, was instantly a subject of controversy as Mousasi halted Weidman with a series of knees originally deemed illegal by referee Dan Miragliotta. After consulting instant replay, the blows were deemed legal as one of Weidman’s hands was off the mat, but the former UFC middleweight champ was then not allowed to continue by ringside physicians, giving Mousasi the TKO.
It was the third straight stoppage loss for Weidman after beginning his career 13-0.
Sunday evening, Newsday’s Mark La Monica confirmed with Weidman’s manager, Audie Attar, that a proper appeal would be filed with the New York State Athletic Commission on Monday.
Weidman's management says appeal will be filed Monday with NYSAC. Also, Big Dan declined to comment earlier today, citing pending appeal.— Mark La Monica (@LaMonicaMark) April 9, 2017
“If it was a legal knee, I would have loved to have just kept fighting. It shouldn’t have been stopped, but the ref, at the end of the day, is the one who made a judgement call, and in the state of New York, his word is what counts,” Weidman said after the Mousasi bout. “There’s no replay.”
“At the end of the day, it was legal. That’s what everyone says now. I don’t make the rules. I felt he didn’t want to continue,” countered the victorious Mousasi. “I think everyone saw that. How is that my fault? I don’t give a f---. I won. I like the guy, and he’s a tough opponent, but at the end of the day, he didn’t want to fight.”