Longtime light veteran Edson Barboza, who recently dropped to 145 pounds, lost a controversial split decision to Dan Ige on the UFC on the ESPN 8 main card last Saturday. night (May 16, 2020) inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Manager Alex Davis thought the judges’ decision was blatant enough to warrant an appeal after the fight, but the Florida State Boxing Commission (FSBC) did not share his opinion and Barboza’s loss to “50k” in “The Sunshine State “remains in the books.
“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. ”
Barboza, 34, is no stranger to the appeal process. Davis also tried to overturn the decision in the defeat of the Brazilian against Paul Felder at UFC 242. Unfortunately, discretion is protected while bad behavior is not, which is why fighters rarely win such cases.
It was a difficult time for Barboza (30-9), who has lost three straight games and five of his last six. It’s not clear what the next step is, but he clearly needs a win as soon as possible.