What would be an amazing night of fights with 3000 + fans in attendance was all shot down by one fight that ended in controversy. The wind was out of my sail and it was time to find a solution to the problem. For once in the last 3 months the controversy did not involve Yundt or Paulino. What a surprise right? This controversy surrounded the Caros Fodor vs. Nate Hannah fight. The coach said that the tap was after the bell at the time the fight was called by the ref. There was nothing AFC could have done at that time. The fights must go on. I went to the back after the event and reviewed the tape. The tap was AT the bell and began after the bell had begun to sound. So whats next…… do we over turn the refs call and call it a no contest. Do we leave the call stand with the refs decision. This was the most morally challenged I have EVER been in my 3 years running the AFC. I felt pressure from both sides to make the right decision. I then spent the next 2 days deciding what to do. People here locally were all over the board and riding both sides of the fence. I concluded that I needed outside help from a non biased party. Conclusion………. stick with the refs call. You can not go and overturn the refs decision in the cage. Every fight could be question if that was the fact. I admit it was a very very very close call and the fight should have made it to the 3rd round. The fact is, it didn’t. Nate Hannah is the winner and I look to see a rematch as soon as possible. Caros was an amazing sport and accepted the loss. I know I will continue to get pressure indirectly from Caros Camp. I just have to keep moving along. You can not let some one bully you into making your decision. You have to make the decision based on what is right or wrong. This has been a huge learning experience for me and exposed peoples true colors.
I would like to bring up the fact that AFC is not alone in this situation. HDNET televised a KING OF THE CAGE live from New Mexico this past weekend. The main event, a heavyweight title fight, a knockout occurred by a punch that started being thrown as the bell was sounding or just after the bell ending the second round. The one fighter could not continue. They awarded the victory to the puncher. I bring this point up to stress that there are unique situations in the world of sports and this is just one example of that.
According to espn.com here are the top 3 worse calls in sports
AFC 68 "Monster vs Demon"
1. Denkinger calls Orta safe
In arguably the most controversial call in World Series history, Don Denkinger calls the Royals’ Jorge Orta safe at first base in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1985 Series against the Cardinals. TV replays show that St. Louis pitcher Todd Worrell had clearly beaten Orta to the bag, but Denkinger’s call sets the stage for a two-run Royals rally in a critical 2-1 victory. Kansas City goes on to win the Series in seven games.
2. Colorado’s fifth down
Colorado comes from behind to beat Missouri 33-31 in 1990, scoring the game-winning touchdown on “fifth down.” Officials fail to count a down when the Buffs spike the ball to stop the clock and mistakenly give CU five cracks at the end zone. Colorado’s score comes on the final play of the game.
3. Soviets get extra time in 1972 Olympic hoops
The U.S. men’s basketball team suffers its first loss in Olympic history when officials put time back on the clock twice in the final seconds, allowing the Soviet Union to score a basket at the buzzer and win the gold medal with a 50-49 victory in the final of the 1972 Games.
Officials are human there is no doubt about that! Hopefully we can move on from this and continue to put on a great show!
Thanks for your support! Till next time!