Much like "Bones," who was disqualified for illegal elbows in his 2009 finish over Matt Hamill, the young Brazilian phenom will also be forced to accept the unfortunate outcome of his UFC 142 bout against Carlo Prater last Saturday night (Jan. 14) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Round one: Both men stare each other down early and Erick Silva EXPLODES forward with a knee. Prater goes down and Silva follows up with more big strikes as Prater hangs onto a leg. Silva follows up with huge hammer fists to the side of the head and Prater goes limp.
Following the stoppage, referee Mario Yamasaki awarded Prater the win by disqualification, citing repeated blows to the back of "Neo's" head, despite warning Silva to keep 'em clean.
Regardless, the Silva camp had mounted a campaign to get the call reversed. Unfortunately for them, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner told Sherdog.com that receipt or no receipt, all sales are final.
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"Based on the referee's verbal warnings and his determination that the blows were intentional and a disqualifying foul, this is not the type of decision that can be reviewed. Therefore the decision stands. Recently, Zuffa has decided to implement the use of instant replay at all international events that are self-regulated and to encourage all regulators to consider the feasibility and effectiveness of instant replay in the sport of MMA. While instant replay would not have reversed the call in the Silva-Prater bout, we believe that it could be valuable to referees and the sport in the future."
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, who was amidst the post-fight confusion waiting for his opportunity to interview "Indio," confronted Yamasaki on live television and asked him to explain his decision against the big screen replay, which appeared to exonerate Silva from excessive fouls.
The longtime referee explained that in the heat of the moment, he made the best decision he could. And that's s decsion that right or wrong, is going to stay with Erick Silva for the rest of his career.