Drama following controversial UFC 178 decision rolls on

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The drama following Yoel Romero's controversial win over Tim Kennedy at UFC 178 continues to roll on, with Kennedy doing everything he can to get the result thrown out.

The fight, which has been dubbed 'Stoolgate', was thrown into disrepute after long-term referee, and one of the core rulemakers in the sport, 'Big' John McCarthy asked for Romero's cut to be checked out.

It ended up with Romero staying seated for a long time during the break between the second and third round and saw McCarthy have to forcibly remove the stool that Romero was sat on.

A fight filled with controversy

That wasn't the only controversial move of the fight either, and while it has dominated the headlines, Kennedy was no saint himself with replays show him clearly having his fingers gripped into Romero's gloves.

It gave him a clearer shot at Romero's head in the second round and nearly finished Romero on the back of that.

Yet Kennedy has been telling everyone and anyone he can get his hands on that he was the deserved winner of that fight - not Romero, who bounced back to KO the former US serviceman.

He told The MMA Hour today that he "Won that fight. I won that fight twice" and videos and pictures have emerged of him confronting Romero after the event was over, telling him that if a fighter can't answer the bell then they lose.

He also tweeted out some rules supporting his case "NAC 467.728 If a combatant fails or refuses to resume competing when the bell sounds...the referee shall award a decision of TKO."

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Nevada State Athletic Commission support 'Big John'

In a statement released yesterday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) laid clear the side of the argument they've taken as they supported the decision of the referee, McCarthy.

"The likelihood of an appeal being overturned is very slim. I'm not going to say it's not going to happen, but like I initially said, it would be deferred to our legal department." Said NSAC Executive Director, Bob Bennett.

He also praised referee John McCarthy for "expediting a situation that unfortunately developed" and getting the fight "to continue as quickly as possible." 

Although Romero did get an extra 30 seconds - it was at the request of McCarthy that he do so and it's clear the NSAC aren't going to argue too much over that decision.

If Kennedy can't get it overturned, he wants a rematch but that's unlikely to happen with 'Jacare' Souza being told he'll need to win another fight before a shot against Chris Weidman.

Romero is the next feasible opponent for Souza, with the rest of the middleweight division tied up in fights.

That leaves no room for Kennedy, with little hope of the fight being reversed.


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