On Friday, Resurrection Fighting Alliance featured their 14th card out of the Cheyenne, Wyoming. The main event featured a flyweight title fight between Matt Manzanares and Junior Maranhao. After four rounds of action, Maranhao collapsed and fell of his stool. Despite his loss of consciousness, his corner revived him, the doctor cleared him, and the referee let him continue into the fifth round. It was a gruesome display of negligence.
In response to the heavily ridiculed decision to let the fight continue, the Wyoming athletic commission has issued an official statement: (via Fansided)
Dear Mr. Sanchez,
Thank you for reaching out to the Board. As to your question regarding Mr. Maranhao, he was thoroughly examined by a licensed physician after he fell off his stool between the 4th and 5th round of the RFA event in Cheyenne on April 11. He was also examined by his corner men and the referee. All parties, including Mr.Maranhao, believed and stated unequivocally that Mr. Maranhao was medically safe to and capable of finishing the fight. In fact, he fought well in the last round and lost in a close split decision. He was examined by a licensed physician after the bout as well and again found to have no neurological or other medical issues of concern.
The Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts stands by our physicians and officials and has the utmost confidence in their ability to assess the medical status of Wyoming contestants. Safety is the Board’s number one priority and all necessary precautions were taken at the April 11 RFA event to ensure that Mr. Maranhao was safe to continue fighting.
Again, thank you for your interest in Wyoming MMA.