Matt Mitrione shared the cage with fellow UFC heavyweight Travis Browne in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17th at UFC Fight Night 81, in what would be his last fight on his current UFC contract.
The fight would ultimately result in a TKO victory for Travis Browne, but it was a fight that was not without controversy. There were multiple breaks in the action over the course of the fight due to eye pokes from Browne, eventually resulting in very large swelling of Mitrione’s right eye due to a broken orbital floor, which occurred after the fouls from Browne.
The referee of the fight was Gary Forman, who was under fire after the fight due to how he handled the eye pokes. Forman did not take points away from Browne for the fouls, even after the second infraction. Mitrione has now filed a letter of appeal with the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission in protest of Browne’s TKO victory, a victory he now classifies as “bogus”.
Freelance writer Duane Finley received the full twelve-page letter from Mitrione’s team and shared it via Twitter. In the letter, Mitrione’s team compiled a list of multiple infractions that occurred during the fight with Browne, in addition to challenging Gary Forman’s licensing as a referee for the bout. An excerpt from the letter regarding Forman’s licensing reads:
“We respectfully assert that the Massachusetts State Commission committed error by granting Forman a license as a Referee, by renewing Forman’s license that he had only recently relinquished to become a Licensed Matchmaker or Promoter, and by assigning Forman, a referee with limited experience (and a history of controversy) to referee a contest at the sport’s highest level in the state’s largest indoor arena. Forman’s assignment to the main card UFC heavyweight contest between world ranked combatants is tantamount to assigning a little league umpire to home plate for a Red Sox playoff game at Fenway Park or assigning a high school referee to protect Tom Brady in an NFL game at Gillette Stadium. Simply put, Forman had not demonstrated the competence, experience or temperament necessary to be given such a crucial responsibility. In no other professional sport is an inexperienced and non‐vetted official (with a dubious track record) elevated to oversee a contest at the highest professional level. It was foreseeable that Forman would commit errors and potentially risk the safety of the combatants. In fact, this is what occurred.”
Read the full letter below or click here:Media-Mitrione-Grievance_Andrew_2
Does Mitrione have a valid case to have the bout changed to a No Contest?
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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