Chris Weidman’s controversial loss to Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210 will remain on his mixed martial arts record.
The New York State Athletic Commission confirmed to Sherdog.com on Wednesday that it has denied the former middleweight champion’s appeal of the defeat. Weidman first revealed the news during an appearance on "The MMA Hour.”
“The New York State Athletic Commission has completed its review of Mr. Weidman’s request,” the NYSAC wrote in a statement. “The official results of the Mousasi/Weidman bout will not be disturbed, and the matter is now closed.”
The April 8 bout in Buffalo, N.Y., was halted after Mousasi landed what referee Dan Miragliotta deemed to be an illegal knee in the second round. Initially, Weidman was given five minutes to recover from the blow, but Miragliotta consulted with fellow official “Big” John McCarthy, who told him that the knee landed by Mousasi was indeed legal.
Shortly thereafter, cageside physicians examined Weidman and ruled him unfit to continue, giving Mousasi the technical knockout victory at the 3:13 mark of round two. Meanwhile, UFC Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner appeared on the pay-per-view broadcast and said that the use of instant replay was not allowable in New York.
The NYSAC later clarified its replay policy, saying that the commission “has the discretion to review video evidence in order to arrive at the correct determination.”
Weidman will return to the Octagon in the UFC on Fox 25 headliner against Kelvin Gastelum on July 22. The Serra-Longo product has lost his last three fights, all by knockout or technical knockout.