UFC 210: Chris Weidman Plans to Appeal Controversial Loss to Gegard Mousasi
By FCF Staff
Chris Weidman was handed a third consecutive defeat at UFC 210 last night, but the former middleweight champ hopes to change that via the appeal process.
Weidman faced Gegard Mousasi in the co-headliner, and in the second round, the latter kneed the “All American” twice to the head. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the action, as he believed the knees had taken place while Weidman had both feet and one hand on the mat. Weidman was given five minutes to recover from what was deemed a foul, but then, after a replay was shown, it was decided the knees weren’t fouls and the fight was awarded to Mousasi. Instant replay, however, is not currently an option for officials in New York State.
After the bout, here is what Weidman had to say about the incident (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
It’s pretty frustrating. I don’t want to disrespect Gegard. They told me it was illegal and told me I had five minutes. You can’t change it afterward. I want an immediate rematch and I’m going to appeal it. I want to get three rounds against him and finish him. I want the right thing to happen.”
Weidman was coming off consecutive, stoppage defeats to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero heading into UFC 210.
Saturday’s event took place in Buffalo, New York.