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Of everything that happened in Brooklyn, N.Y., over the past couple days, this probably made me the angriest, from the perspective of a fight fan. That’s saying a lot, as Conor McGregor threw a dolly through a bus window, got three fights canceled and himself arrested. But, UFC 223’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event was still slated to continue, a bout between featherweight champion Max Holloway and the undefeated Russian wrestler, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Max had a tough weight cut on short notice after interim champion Tony Ferguson blew out his knee in a freak accident, surely a result of powerful wizards somewhere casting a powerful hex over this event. The hex would continue, as the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) — being entirely incompetent — decided by looking at Max Holloway that he couldn’t finish his weight cut. They evidently didn’t have a medical doctor make the medical decision that “Blessed” was medically unfit to compete, as any commission that was even minimally intelligent would have done.

Holloway himself wanted to continue the cut, which his nutritionist said had been going “great.” But, none of that mattered, because the NYSAC is stupid.

They wouldn’t allow Paul Felder, who was on championship weight, to compete for the title because he wasn’t “ranked”- perhaps not realizing that the UFC control the rankings anyway, and they are quite arbitrary. Al Iaquinta, who is now in the main event, will, technically, not be allowed to compete for the title either, as he weighed in at 155.2 pounds- even though they weighed his underwear later and determined that this would more than account for the .2 pound difference.

Of course, the NYSAC has a long history of being both inept and corrupt. In the short time they have been regulating MMA, they have been piling up numerous complaints from fighters both in the UFC and Bellator. They suspended Kelvin Gastelum for six months for missing weight, and Yoel Romero for sixty days for jumping on the cage to celebrate his win over Chris Weidman. They are also the commission that was fooled by Daniel Cormier’s towel trick, and denied Rashad Evans a chance to compete at UFC 205.

Before that, they had a long and sordid history when it came to regulating boxing, including the Arturo Gatti-Joey Gamache fiasco, which resulted in permanent brain damage for Gamache, as well as being at fault for a bout which resulted in paralysis for a Dagestani boxer. They also presided over the death of Beethavean Scottland in 2001, as well as numerous other examples of incompetence.

UFC 223 was just the latest victim.


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