After catching one of the worst head butts in Octagon history, Stephan Bonnar claims that he will protest the TKO loss he received from Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 110 this weekend.
“I have never been wronged so bad in a situation that was so obvious,” Bonnar told NWI.com. “I still can’t understand the referee. Yes, I will appeal this decision. I just want what is fair. How do 20,000 people, including my opponent and the commentators, see that a clash of heads occurred and the referee not see it?
“I feel like I’m in a pro wrestling match, where one of the wrestlers hits his opponent over the head with a chair when the referee’s back’s turned. Everyone in the arena sees what happened but the ref, then the ref gets down and gives the three-count and gives the guy the win. It really feels like that.”
To nobody’s surprise, Bonnar was once again involved in another bloody Octagon war. The light heavyweight has built quite the reputation for his relentlessness, however this time the doctor sitting cage-side pulled the rug out from under him.
“It’s only fair to get this overturned to a no contest or draw,” said Bonnar. “In the rules, if after two rounds a fighter suffers a cut from an illegal blow, they go to the scorecard. The judges had it one round a piece, which would have made it a draw.”
What may help Bonnar’s protest is the fact Soszynski has publicly sided with him, confirming that a head butt did indeed cause the cut which ultimately stopped the fight.
“Right after (it) happened, I pointed to my head and told him, ‘Head butt,'” Bonnar said. “Krzysztof acknowledged the cut was from a head butt and would like to finish the fight as well. He was a good sport and a class act. We gave each other credit for a great fight. He knew the clash of heads opened the cut, and like myself would like a rematch.
“He told me it was a great fight and sorry I got screwed like that. It just shows what kind of sportsman he is. He earned my respect as well.”
Craig Waller, executive officer for Combat Sports Authority, the Australian-based commission that oversaw UFC 110 this weekend, stated on Tuesday that Bonnar has yet to file anything to contest the result, but did say a draw would be possible.
“A technical points draw would be the only result if a protest was received and upheld,” Waller said.
A draw would certainly help Bonnar’s confidence as he’s posted a sub-par 5-6 record for the UFC and holds an 11-7 record overall.