Fabio Maldonado gets his justice as the World MMA Association (WMMAA) announced Fedor Emelianenko’s victory over him last June is being overturned to a draw following the Brazilian’s appeal to the association as reported by Bloody Elbow.
Maldonado lost a controversial majority decision to Fedor despite nearly finishing him in the first round. He suggested a conflict of interest between Fedor, president of the MMA Union, and the officials assigned to work the fight.
The union initially denied this appeal because Maldonado didn’t file it within 40 minutes of the decision, even though he was never informed about this rule. The appeal was denied by vice president Radmir Gabdullin, a former M-1 Global fighter who is a well-established work associate of Fedor.
Maldonado then took his appeal to the WMMAA, the governing body for international amateur competitions. Russia is one of the member nations involved in the WMMAA (the Russian MMA Union is the regulatory body responsible for the sport in Russia.)
WMMMAA suspended Gabdullin and assigned three officials to re-evaluate the match. The selected officials were Youri Lamoureux (CAN), Lukasz Bosacki (POL), Alexey Zemskov (RUS). All three judges offered an identical 28-28 result.
According to the WMMAA, the officials’ advice to “change the result to “Unanimous Draw” will be applied by the WMMAA. This decision will be announced to Fight Nights and communicated with Fedor Emelianenko, the Russian MMA Union and Stefano Sartori.