After Barboza (20-9 MMA, 14-9 UFC) lost a questionable decision loss to Ige (14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in his featherweight debut on Saturday, the result was shocked. Barboza director Alex Davis was the leader among them, speaking to social media and stating that an appeal would be filed for what he considers to be grossly inaccurate scores.
Unfortunately, this is not an option. Davis told MMA Junkie on Sunday that he had a productive conversation with Florida State Boxing Commission chief Patrick Cunningham after the fight, but was told that the state only reviews the decisions in two specific circumstances.
“We wanted to come before them and analyze the fight and show them that the decision was wrong,” Davis told MMA Junkie. “They cannot authorize it, because for that, I would have to accuse the judges of fraud, or Ige of having taken (performance-enhancing drugs). I do not suspect fraud and I do not think he is taking DEP. I think he is a great fighter and he fought very well. I cannot appeal because of this.
“The whole world saw Edson win this fight. Nothing against Ige, he fought a great fight, and he’s a tough guy and all the accessories for him. But the problem is, from our point of view, that the score was incorrect. We should be able to fight before the board and appeal, and if they think the rating is bad, they should be able to overturn. It does not happen here. The law does not allow this. “
Although Davis disagreed with not being allowed to present an argument on behalf of his client, he said he abided by applicable laws.
It’s a rather disheartening situation, however. It’s not like it’s the first time Barboza has experienced it. His previous fight also saw him on the wrong side of a split decision last September against Paul Felder at UFC 242. If the two had blocked the way at Barboza, Davis said he would on a career spurt.
Instead, Barboza’s record portrays what Davis believes to be a false image.
“These decisions plagued him,” said Davis. “We obviously had three bad decisions yesterday, and we have them everywhere. The effect on his career is devastating as he now goes 1-4 in his last five fights with two fights which have been controversial decisions. When people look at his case, all they see is the loss and nothing that explains how it happened or how good the fight was. “
Davis has been one of the strongest supporters of changing judgment and fighting rating among top MMA managers. He believed that the 10-point system should not be equipped for MMA and also said that officials are not responsible for the scores they present.
A radical adjustment is necessary, said Davis, and he believes this can only happen if collective action is taken between the powerful players in the fighting game to put everyone on the same page.
“There is no connection between the judges and the fighters or the coaches,” said Davis. “We don’t know what they are looking for, or we could tailor their vision to what we do or we tailor what we do to what they are looking for. There is a lag and it hurts the sport. “