Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pavia Plans to Contest Decision

Originally posted on MMAweekly.com

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic’s sudden UFC return brought a hero’s welcome from hundreds of Croatian fans perched in Lanxess Arena. The UFC 99 bout’s ending and aftermath were a different story.

In real time, Cro Cop hurt opponent Mustapha Al-Turk with a punch and finished him off against the cage. But after referee Dan Mirgliotta waved the bout off, a replay revealed an inadvertent eye poke had taken Al-Turk out of the game.

Al-Turk’s manager, Ken Pavia, told Fighters Only he would contest the decision.

“We are going to appeal that. We don't think it's right that it should be a TKO,” said Pavia. “The referee should have got onto the eye poke. Look at Henderson vs. Franklin at UFC 93 in Dublin. Franklin got a timeout when he got eye-poked.”

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