Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight veteran Erick Silva filed an appeal with the Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletic Commission (CABMMA) in hopes of overturning his technical knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros, which took place at the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Silva's appeal was denied because it was not based on a misinterpretation of the rules, but rather on a judgment call of a trained and experienced referee, according to a statement released CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio (via MMA Fighting).
The crux of his argument was referee incompetence.
Silva was hurt by Medeiros midway through the fight and referee Eduardo Herdy jumped in to save him. Based on the Brazilian's quick recovery (watch it), you can argue the stoppage as premature, but it's also important to note that Silva (19-8, 1 NC) had already been knocked out three times heading into UFC 212 and at 33 years of age, isn't getting any younger.
Better safe than sorry.