On Friday, the World MMA Association announced Fedor Emelianenko’s controversial victory over Fabio Maldonado at Eurasia Fight Nights (EFN) 50 has been overturned.
The decision to overturn Emelianenko’s win came after Maldonado raised concerns over a conflict of interest within the promotion and pointed out the flawed scoring. Many who watched the fight, including fans and media members, believe Maldonado did enough to earn the win.
At the very least, the outcome of the bout should have been a draw.
“The fact that the fighter, Fedor Emelianenko, being the President of the Russian MMA Union and the Head of Judge, Radmir Gabdullin, have a work relationship could potentially affected the judgmental decisions. We are not saying that this relationship has led to a different outcome of the result, but it is an unfortunate choice,” said Secretary General of WMMAA, Alexander Engelhardt, via MMAFighting.com.
“Another mistake made was the refusing of the appeal. This is was based on the Amateur rules of the WMMAA and this fight was done under the professional rules of WMMAA.”
The WMMAA had three independent judges scoring the bout, leading to a draw.
Things get interesting, however.
Despite the World MMA Association overturning the result, the Russian MMA Union is refusing to acknowledge the WMMAA ruling and says the “result cannot be overturned.”
It will be interesting to see what happens next with this saga. What we do know is there is plenty of corruption in the Russian MMA Union and anyone who watched the fight realizes a draw or win for Maldonado is the only reasonable result.