Nevada Commission Denies Alex Oliveira’s Appeal in First Tim Means Bout

Alex Oliveira submitted Tim Means in a rematch at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil, but the no-contest ruling for their first fight will stand. The Nevada Athletic Commission has denied Oliveira’s appeal.

The first fight took place at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30. Means landed an illegal knee that rendered Oliveira unable to continue. Referee Dan Miragliotta ruled the knee accidental, leading to the no-contest ruling.

Alex OliveiraOliveira’s team appealed to the Nevada Athletic Commission, arguing that because Miragliotta was not afforded the opportunity to review the illegal knee via instant replay, the no-contest ruling was not properly determined, according to a report by MMAJunkie.com.

Means even admitted that he had thrown the knee intentionally, not realizing that new rules changes voted on by the Association of Boxing Commissions had not yet been put into effect in Nevada. If they had, the knee would have been legal. 

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Despite Oliveira’s argument, the appeal was denied, according to NAC executive director Bob Bennett, who confirmed as much to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.

“No change in the ruling,” said Bennett. “The referee is the sole arbitrator and there was no violation in accordance with NAC/NRS 467.”

Oliveira’s manager, Alex Davis, told MMAJunkie.com that they are unlikely to challenge the commission’s decision.

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Eduardo Dantas Draws New Contender for Bantamweight Belt at Bellator 177

Following an undisclosed injury to Darrion Caldwell, budding superstar Leandro “Pitbull” Higo (17-2) will now challenge current champion Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas (19-4) in a bantamweight world title fight at Bellator 177: Dantas vs. Higoinside the Budapest Sports Arena on April 14.

In addition, John “Macapa” (21-1-2) will face Daniel Weichel (38-9) in a featherweight contest and Lena Ovchynnikova (11-4) meets Helen Harper (4-1) at 125-pounds. Rounding out the Spike-televised MMA action will be a featherweight matchup pitting Hungarian-born Adam “The Kid” Borics (5-0) against Anthony “Pretty Boy” Taylor (1-2).

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Bellator 177: Dantas vs. Higo

Main Card:

Bantamweight World Title Bout: Eduardo Dantas (19-4) vs. Leandro Higo (17-2)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Daniel Weichel (38-9) vs. John “Macapa”Teixeira (21-1-2)
Flyweight Feature Bout: Lena Ovchynnikova (11-4) vs. Helen Harper (4-1)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Anthony Taylor (1-2) vs. Adam Borics (5-0)

Preliminary Card:

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Brian Moore (9-5) vs. Ludovit Klein (6-0)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Mate Kertesz (3-0) vs. Adam Polgar (10-8)

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Yoel Romero Proposes Interim UFC Middleweight Championship

If he has to wait on the sidelines while Georges St-Pierre challenges Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title, Yoel Romero proposes another interim championship fight.

Romero is either going to sit on the sidelines and wait for the winner of Bisping vs. St-Pierre or he wants an interim championship fight with middleweight legend Anderson Silva.

Romero has been the top middleweight contender for quite some time, but has constantly been leap-frogged for “big money” fights, which seems to be the flavor of the day. 

After Bisping upset Luke Rockhold for the belt, Dan Henderson was afforded one last shot at the belt in his retirement fight. Then, there were rumors of a fight with Georges St-Pierre in December, but the Canadian’s negotiations with the UFC brass stalled out. 

Before a fight with Romero could be booked, however, Bisping opted for knee surgery, from which he is currently recovering. 

Meanwhile, St-Pierre finally came to terms with the UFC and opted for a title shot with Bisping in his first fight back, which will likely happen sometime this summer. Once again, Romero is left on the sideline.

“I’m very bothered with the decision that was made (to match Bisping with St-Pierre), but I’m still focused and I truly expect that Dana (White) will do the right thing, the way he’s always done in the past,” Romero said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “We haven’t reached an accord. No one has had a conversation with me about the situation. I’m waiting for the UFC for them to speak with my managers.”

Though he has yet to work things out with the UFC, Romero appeared to be rather clear in what he wants. He either wants to sit out and wait for his title shot or he wants an interim championship fight. If the interim fight materializes, there is only one man that Romero wants to face and that is Anderson Silva.

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“A fight with Anderson would be great. It would be great for the fans; it would be great for me. And a fight for an interim title would be really good in general,” Romero explained.

“I’ve already fought and beat everyone else. The only person that is amongst those great stars is Anderson. Because we also have to play with the same plans of St-Pierre. At this moment, this is almost like a chess match.”

“If you look the top five, six guys at middleweight, everybody’s busy. The only ones free of any commitment is Anderson and myself.”

But why another interim belt? It might be because Romero thinks there is a good chance that St-Pierre could beat Bisping for the belt, but then quickly move on. St-Pierre has said that he has specific plans in mind beyond the fight with Bisping, but would not publicly comment on what those plans are, leaving most to believe his plans don’t include simply defending the belt against all comers should he win it. 

“That’s exactly why I want a fight with Anderson,” said Romero. “Because (St-Pierre) said he has plans.”

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Vitor Belfort Reveals Retirement Plan… Unless

Vitor Belfort is ready to hang up his gloves. 

Save the UFC opening up its version of a classic rock station, Belfort intends to fulfill his current contract and then retire.

Kelvin Gastelum knocked Belfort out in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 106 main event on Saturday night in Fortaleza, Brazil, handing the Brazilian his third consecutive defeat. It’s not the way that Belfort saw the fight unfolding, but afterward, he revealed his retirement plan.

“I was confident I was going to knock (Gastelum) out, (but) everything happened in reverse,” Belfort said at the post-fight press conference. “But that’s it. We have to reinvent ourselves. It won’t be the first, it won’t be the last.

“I hope it is the last, because in July, I want to do the last fight on my contract. I think it’s my time to finish my chapter in this as a professional fighter.”

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Belfort explained that he would like the final fight on his contract to happen at UFC 212 in July, when the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro, Belfort’s hometown. It’s a decision that Belfort said he made prior to stepping into the Octagon with Gastelum, he just hadn’t announced it yet.

Vitor Belfort UFC Fortaleza“I think that my body is not the same to train, a lot of pain. It’s over 14 surgeries that I’ve done. I think I’ve left everything inside the Octagon. It wasn’t in the best way. I’m sad not to give this win to my fans here in Brazil, but it’s part of it. The sport is this way. It was Kelvin’s night to shine.”

There is an option to give Belfort’s fighting career further life. In the media build-up to the fight, Belfort described a “Legend’s League” in which older fighters could compete under a separate set of rules tailored to fighters in the twilight years of their careers. The league could have shorter rounds, longer rest periods, modified rules, etc.

If that were to happen, Belfort could see himself, and others, fighting a little longer. But if the UFC doesn’t entertain the idea, Belfort’s next fight will be his last. He would instead continue to put more focus on his family and his business endeavors.

“I’ll go home and focus on my family, reinvent myself.”

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