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Fedor Emelianenko’s win over Fabio Maldonado changed to a draw after appeal

Fedor Emelianenko at a Strikeforce fight against Fabricio

Fedor Emelianenko at a Strikeforce fight against Fabricio Werdum on June 26, 2010, in San Jose, California. Credit: Strikeforce

Less than a month after winning a controversial majority decision over Fabio Maldonado, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko had the win changed to a draw following a review by the World MMA Association.

Maldonado’s manager filed an appeal with the WMMAA to overturn his client’s loss to Emelianenko after their matchup at EFN 50 on June 17 in St. Petersburg, Russia, because of an alleged conflict of interest involving the assigned judges. All three judges scoring the bout are employed by the Russian MMA Union, of which Emelianenko serves as president. An appeal to the Russian MMA Union was also “unjustly rejected by the head jury” according to the WMMAA.

After determining the appeal was legitimate due to Emelianenko’s role in the Russian MMA Union, a WMMAA committee selected three independent judges to review the bout, each scoring the contest a 28-28 draw.

Russian MMA Union Vice President Radmir Gabdullin, however, has not accepted the decision.

“The result of the battle can not be changed,” Gabdullin told Russian outlet “(WMAA) can express their views, but do not have the right to influence the judge’s decision on the Russian professional promotion.”

With the draw, Emelianenko’s record moves to 35-4-1 (1 NC) and 1-0-1 since returning from a 3 ½ year absence last December. Maldonado’s record is now 22-9-1.


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