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NYSAC denies Chris Weidman’s appeal for controversial loss to Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210

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At UFC 210 earlier this year, Chris Weidman suffered his third straight loss, losing to Gegard Mousasi via technical knockout in what proved to be a highly-controversial ending to the fight that went down in Buffalo, New York.

After eating back-to-back knees to the head that were initially declared illegal by the referee, “All American” was given his allotted time to recover. But, after a brief review and consultation with New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) officials, Dan Miragliotta ruled the knees were indeed legal, resulting in a win for Gegard after Weidman was deemed unfit to continue.

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Naturally, Weidman was upset and ultimately decided to file an appeal with the commission. And during a recent interview on The MMA Hour, Chris revealed that the NYSAC denied his request to have the fight ruled a no contest (NC).

“I just got it back in the mail yesterday. I did not win the appeal. I don’t think it was anything we didn’t expect. I didn’t even read it. My wife was reading it,” he admitted (via MMA Fighting).

To hear Weidman explain it, the commission explained to him that they are allowed to go back and use replay to review the action if there is an injury to a fighter involved during the fight.

“I guess when there’s something that happens inside of the Octagon and it has to do with an injury the commission is allowed to look at the replay. I guess, something like that is what it is about,” he said. “The rules that were explained to us are that there was no replay. If something happens where there is an injury they are allowed to look at it. That’s pretty much what I heard from my wife.”

“Either way, I didn’t put my eggs in that basket,” he admitted. “I would’ve been kind of surprised (if they had reversed the decision). For them to admit they were wrong, I would’ve been kind of surprised.”

Is normal.

Chris will look to get a much-needed win against Kelvin Gastelum as he once again stays home to fight in New York as the two are booked to face off at UFC on FOX 25 on July 22, 2017 at Nassau in Uniondale.

And while Weidman had previous apprehension of fighting in New York again given the result and drama of his last two defeats, he is honored to fight in his home state and isn’t worried in the slightest that the commission will decide to make things awkward based on his appeal.

“If they decide to make it awkward (they can), but I’m not going to let them have any power over me or make me feel awkward,” he said. “I’m going to be fighting in my home state with all of my fans in front of my fans, my friends, and my family. I’m going to be very comfortable. If they get weird about things, that’s on them. I won’t let that affect me.”

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