Jon Jones' appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to overturn referee Steve Mazagatti's decision in his bout against Matt Hamill earlier this month has been denied. The NSAC stated that they don't overturn decisions and decided against ruling on the appeal.
Heavy.com confirmed the news with Jason Genet, the manager of Jones, Shane Carwin and other fighters.
Dana White has been an outspoken critic of Steve Mazzagatti, as recently as this Saturday.
Maggie Hendricks wrote an impassioned response to the Scott Smith come back win over Cung Le that pointed out something I've been harping on a long time -- if Dana White wants good officiating in the UFC and WEC's fights, he needs to lean on the NSAC to bring back Big John McCarthy -- or at least allow Big John to ref UFC events in California where Big John is currently licensed. Here's Maggie:
Referees have the tough job of deciding whether a fighter is healthy or not, knocked out or not, able to continue or not. Boxing and MMA referees have more to do with who wins and loses than in most other sports. If a football referee makes a mistake, it can affect the outcome of the game, but it may not.
That's not true in MMA. If a referee calls the end of a fight too early, a fighter will not only lose unfairly, but could lose the "win" part of his purse. If the referee is too late to stop, the fighter could be injured. Outside of Orlando Brown, a football referee's actions are unlikely to injure a player.
That's what makes the Nevada State Athletic Commission's waffling on McCarthy's application to ref in their state so puzzling. The man is a good referee. He's not perfect; he seems a little too concerned with his own fame and he's made some enemies in the world of MMA, but that doesn't seem to affect his ability to officiate a clear fight.
Even though Dana was tweeting away that firing Mazzagatti is solely the province of Keith Kizer, the head of the NSAC, only the deeply naive believe that Dana has no sway with the NSAC.