If you watched the Ultimate Warrior Challenge “UWC 7: Redemption” card this past weekend you were probably thinking the same thing I was, “How in the hell did Mike “The Hulk” Easton get the nod with a split decision over Chase Beebe in the main event?
After tremendous backlash the result has been changed to “no decision” by the state’s overseeing agency, the Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program. For now the bout will be recorded as a “no decision” until the commission completes an investigation that could, at best, lead to the outcome being changed to a no contest.
PROMMA.INFO received the following official statement today regarding the fight and the original ruling of a split decision win for Mike Easton:
Statement by S. Marcello Foran, CEO of Ultimate Warrior Sports Development
The UWC’s mission has always been to put on the highest level of professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) shows and help grow the sport by producing exciting, competitive fights featuring established veterans and rising stars.
We rely on the state’s official sanctioning organization. In the case of Saturday night’s fight at the Patriot Center it was the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (VDPOR), to provide for the safety and integrity of the fighters and sport by adhering to MMA’s unified rules and regulations.
We want fans, media and observers to be aware that the UWC has absolutely no control over the selection of judges and the decisions rendered for each fight by them during the event; that responsibility rests with the sanctioning body.
Our organization put together, what we believe was the UWC’s best fight card to date, and that our fans in attendance and watching around the world on UWC Pay-Per-View at http://www.uwcmma.com would agree.
To be clear, the UWC and all associated parties held absolutely no ill will towards Chase Beebe in relation to pulling out of the originally-scheduled Bantamweight Championship Title fight he was under contract for several months ago. We were as anxious as our fans to see these two warriors collide inside the cage.
As many of you have communicated the night of and after the show to us, we too are passionate about the sport and demand that all contests be judged fairly for the sake of everyone involved in the sport.
It is critical for us to do everything in our power to ensure that the bouts we promote are judged fairly and legitimately by the sanctioning body. As such, we are in communication with the VDPOR and hope to receive a statement from them in the immediate future regarding this situation.
The UWC looks forward to continuing its role as a positive and productive part of MMA and providing all our fans around the world with many more exciting nights of MMA action.
The complete show and fight card is available now at http://www.UWCMMA.com VOD – Video On Demand. We encourage everyone to watch this fight and the rest of what was an amazing night of MMA action. We look forward to your thoughts, comments, and input.