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CABMMA overturns Drew Dober's controversial UFC Rio loss to a no contest

In a big turn of events, the Brazilian athletic commission has turned Drew Dober's controversial UFC Rio loss to Leandro Silva into a no contest.

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Earlier this week, the Brazilian athletic commission (CABMMA) said they couldn't change the result of UFC Rio's Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva from last Saturday, which ended in a controversial technical submission when Dober neither tapped nor passed out from a non-threatening guillotine choke from half guard. Dober's team still filed an appeal, and incredibly they managed to win it.

The CABMMA has officially overturned the result of Dober-Silva to a no contest, which is what UFC president Dana White was pressing for the moment referee Eduardo Herdy committed his major blunder. Here's CABMMA's official statement on the matter, as obtained by MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz:

After receiving a detailed technical report from Mr. Eduardo Herdy, referee in charge of the bout mentioned in the case, which in the end clearly states that his stoppage was to preserve the fighter ́s integrity, being that his highest responsibility when it comes to the duty of a referee, he has admitted his professional mistake and is willingly in favor to forgo his authority in the bout.

Due to the factors involved and after receiving Mr. Andrew Dober ́s formal appeal, CABMMA has defined a fourth provision regarding the change of decision after contest or exhibition, which follows below."The Executive Committee may, on an exceptional basis, revert a decision to "no contest" if it determines that a good faith judgment call of a referee was mistaken and therefore considered a self-evident error. Such decision may be taken provided (i) an appeal is filed with the commission within 72 hours of the relevant bout, (ii) the appeal is accompanied by a video (or link thereto) of the bout showing the challenged judgment call, (iii) upon request by the Executive Committee, the relevant referee presents a written justification of his judgment call and (iv) after analysis of the relevant video and justification , the Executive Committee determines that the judgment call was in good faith but considered a self-evident error."

In addition, based on the success of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission and its resource to help prevent similar cases by the usage of instant reply, CABMMA will study the possibilities of using this same resource in future events where promoters have the infrastructure to provide so. New protocols are, as of this moment, being analyzed with the purpose of identifying such palpable errors during the events. It is important to state that Mr. Larry Hazzard, Sr. (Commissioner) has shown CABMMA a new perspective of conducting events in Brazil, creating a safer and fairer environment for MMA.

Regarding Mr. Eduardo Herdy, CABMMA is thankful for his professionalism in recognizing this error, helping the entity evolve in its regulatory affairs in Brazil by seeking the development of higher standards and demonstrating his commitment as an official referee of the sport.

Consequently, after reviewing the case, the Executive Committee presided by Mr. Rafael Favetti (Chairman & CEO) and Mr. Cristiano Sampaio (COO), has decided to overturn the result of Leandro Silva vs. Andrew Dober bout and is officially determining it as a NO CONTEST.

Bold emphases are mine.

When you consider that the Nevada Athletic Commission denied previous appeals of Anthony Johnson and Francisco Rivera to have their eye-poke enabled stoppage losses overturned, and Mac Danzig was unable to do the same in Vancouver, BC after Yves Lavigne prematurely stopped his fight vs. Matt Wiman due to a guillotine choke, this is a big deal. It's certainly a pleasant surprise that Dober's appeal was successful, especially since CABMMA effectively applied this retroactively by adding this new provision in.

Meanwhile, as far as Eduardo Herdy's UFC future is concerned, it's looking pretty bleak.

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