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NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett believes chances of Romero-Kennedy result being overturned is ‘very slim’

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Leading Nevada official Bob Bennett informed that scenarios such as Kennedy-Romero are “seldom overruled.”

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

It appears Tim Kennedy is unlikely to achieve much following his appeal of Yoel Romero's win on the UFC 178 main card, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The appeal stems from a bizarre incident that took place ahead of the third and final round of action in their feature fight on Saturday night. After Kennedy had begun to mount a comeback in the second round, Romero appeared weary and remained on the stool well past the allotted minute. Kennedy grew frustrated with Romero's antics and pressured McCarthy to step in and take action, which led to the resumption of the contest and its immediate conclusion shortly thereafter.

The commission's leading figure, Bob Bennett, revealed that even though the Nevada administrative code states that a fighter will be awarded the TKO victory if his opponent is unable to answer the bell following the break between rounds, it is unlikely that the decision will be overturned.

"They're very seldom overruled," Bennett said "The likelihood of an appeal being overturned is very slim. I'm not going to say it's not going to happen, but like I initially said, it would be deferred to our legal department."

Bennett also commended McCarthy for "expediting a situation that unfortunately developed".

While Kennedy confronted Romero backstage following the fight, the Olympian denied any trickery during his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani.

"When the referee said ‘go fight,' I go. The problem is that the UFC, or somebody, give me the Vaseline. It was too much in my face, and the referee said, ‘hey, hey, hey, clean, clean.' That's what happened."

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