UFC welterweight Erick Silva has essentially taken his second loss in a matter of weeks. His appeal to overturn his UFC 212 defeat to Yancy Medeiros was denied by Brazil’s athletic commission. Silva cited an early stoppage by referee Eduardo Herdy, following a left hook that put the Brazilian on his back. Medeiros followed up with a few punches, and while it looked as if Silva was in a position to continue fighting, Herdy ended the contest. In the post-fight aftermath, Medeiros even added that he believed Silva could’ve kept going.
MMA Fighting obtained this statement from the CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio:
In this case, CABMMA will not change a decision rendered at the end of any contest or exhibition unless (i) it determines that there was a collusion affecting the relevant result, (ii) the compilation of the scorecards of the judges discloses an error which shows that the decision was given to the wrong athlete, or (iii) as the result of an error interpreting a provision of our rules and regulations, the referee has rendered an incorrect decision.
The allegations contained in his appeal do not fall in (i) or (ii), and moreover are not within the scope of (iii) above, since the appeal is not based on a misinterpretation of the rules and, but rather on a judgment call of a trained and experienced referee based on Erick Silva's TKO due to Mr. Yancy Medeiro's legal strikes, confirmed by Mr. Eduardo Herdy. Important to point out that it was the knock down taken by Erick and a few landed punches right after the knock down, with no proper defense, which led the referee to interrupt the bout.
If we start reviewing what is considered early stoppages due to KO/TKO, the next big thing will be reviewing scores from judges. It will be a never ending discussion.
And therefore there were no precedents found of overturned results due to KO/TKO in any bout or event sanctioned by commissions members of the ABC, which CABMMA is also a member of.
Silva (19-8, 1 NC) has won just once in his last four fights and has been knocked out or TKO’d four times in as many years. His six-year run in the UFC has seen him win consecutive fights only one time, when he finished Mike Rhodes and Josh Koscheck in Brazil-based bouts.
As for Medeiros (14-4, 1 NC), he is 2-0 with two finishes since moving up from lightweight to welterweight. Inconsistent results have been a problem for him throughout his UFC career, but so far it looks like he’s settled in nicely at 170, and this win will not be stricken from the record books and turned into a no contest.