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· Controversial Aina vs. Evangelista Result Reversed by CSAC

· Article author: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Posted on 08/25 at 12:26 AM

Following a controversial disqualification at inaugural ShoMMA event this past May 15, the CSAC overturned the result of the headlining bout between lightweights Billy Evangelista and “Iron” Mike Aina, declaring the bout a “no decision.” The fight was halted and awarded to Aina following a knee by Evangelista to the upper torso of his downed opponent, referee Herb Dean called an end to the bout declaring a disqualification victory for Aina. Following a slow motion review of the stoppage it became clear that the blows were to Aina's shoulder, resulting in Dean testifying to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) with Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas that the decision was inaccurate, a recommendation that the commission agreed with.

Evangelista (9-0, 1 ND), in defense of his otherwise spotless record, appealed to the commission to change the ruling to a TKO or a No Contest. The commission, led by Acting Executive Director David Thornton, reviewed all possible alternatives and chose unanimously to rule the bout a no decision. While it was suggested to rule the bout either a TKO or a Technical Draw, neither suggestion received any support out of fear of setting an unintended precedent in regards to using instant replay to determine the outcome of a fight.

The issue of instant replay in MMA has been a topic of interest lately, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) approved the limited use of modern video playback in MMA matches on August 19, 2009. The official wording of the NSAC policy states: “A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.” The NSAC, a leading commission in MMA regulation, felt it critical that only the referee should have the power to reference an instant replay, a condition that would have applied directly to the Evangelista-Aina bout should a similar rule have been in effect in the state of California.

This event headlined the first ShoMMA event, a series on the Showtime network in collaboration with the Strikeforce promotion aimed at showcasing up and coming fighters.

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