When last Friday night’s Bellator 185 main event was in the books, Shlemenko believed he did enough to take home the unanimous decision nod; however, cageside judges Doug Crosby, Derek Cleary and John English did not agree and Mousasi was sent home the winner.
Shlemenko had plans to appeal the decision.
“In our opinion, this fight is a career-turning point,” manager Alexey Zhernakov told MMA Junkie. “We think he did good enough in this fight to get a win and with a fighter who’s ranked No. 4 in the world. He was a UFC contender. (A win) would mean a lot in developing Shlemenko’s career, so this fight is important – very important to him.”
Too bad the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations doesn’t have an appeals process and “stand behind [the] officials 100 percent.”
Mousasi had a strong first round, but started to fade in the second stanza and was completely dominated in the final frame (full recap here). The winner was expected to move on and compete for the 185-pound title, but in this case, a rematch might be warranted.
What say you?