Ross Pearson appeals after one of worst judging decisions in UFC history against Diego Sanchez


By Gareth A Davies, MMA Correspondent

British lightweight Ross Pearson suffered one of the worst judging decisions in the 21-year history of the UFC in New Mexico, last night, as he clearly defeated hometown hero Diego Sanchez. Already celebrating, the Brit’s night was turned to misery after two judges inexplicably scored against him.

Telegraph Sport can reveal that Pearson and coach Eric Del Fierro had lodged a complaint with the New Mexico Commission straight after the fight and lodged an appeal. The UFC would need to leave it in the hands of the NM Athletic Commission which has jurisdiction on these matters.

It is likely never to be overturned, unless there were an investigation which uncovered anything deliberate or malicious in the act of scoring. Only mistakes or errors by referees would see appeals upheld and results overturned or annulled.

In an extraordinary return on the cards, Pearson, who had kept to a tight game plan and out-struck Sanchez in a predominantly stand-up fight, was awarded 30-27 on the cards of Marcos Rosales.
But then the two other judges ruled for Sanchez. Jeff Collins for Sanchez 30-27 and Chris Tellez awarding the fight 29-28 to Sanchez, the veteran in his twentieth UFC fight. The 30-27 beggared belief. The 29-28 is also questionable.