The April 8 bout in Buffalo, N.Y., was halted after Mousasi landed
what referee Dan Miragliotta deemed to be an illegal knee in the
second round. Initially, Weidman was given five minutes to recover
from the blow, but Miragliotta consulted with fellow official “Big”
John McCarthy, who told him that the knee landed by Mousasi was
Shortly thereafter, cageside physicians examined Weidman and ruled
him unfit to continue, giving Mousasi the technical knockout
victory at the 3:13 mark of round two. Meanwhile, UFC Senior Vice
President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner appeared on the
pay-per-view broadcast and said that the use of instant replay was
not allowable in New York.
It appears that Ratner’s claim was not correct, as the New York
State Athletic Commission clarified its instant replay policy in a
statement released to Sherdog.com.
“The Commission acted to both protect Mr. Weidman’s health and
safety, and to achieve the correct result regarding the outcome of
the bout,” the statement read. “Commission doctors determined Mr.
Weidman medically unfit to continue the bout following the knee
“The question of the legality of the knee strikes impacts only the
outcome of bout—would it be ruled a loss by technical knockout for
Mr. Weidman, or would his opponent be disqualified for delivering
illegal strikes. The Commission has the discretion to review video
evidence in order to arrive at the correct determination. Upon
referee consultation and a review of video evidence, the initial
ruling the knee strikes constituted illegal strikes was overturned.
This resulted in the correct result—Mr. Mousasi won the bout by
filed an appeal to the NYSAC on Monday, and trainer Ray Longo
blasted Miragliottta’s ruling in an interview on the Anik &
Florian podcast. After beginning his career with 13 consecutive
victories, Weidman has now lost three consecutive bouts via