After winning three straight, Adriano Martins dropped a split decision in his recent bout at UFC 204, but controversy has shown its ugly face with a strange judge absence during the bout.
Martins faced Leonardo Santos in the opening bout of UFC 204, but it was discovered that one of the judges for the bout, Jeff Mullen, did not get to his official judging seat until part-way into Round 2.
Considering the slim margin Martins lost the bout by, he and his team are calling for the bout’s result to be overturned to a no contest.
“Jeff Mullen only takes his seat at around 20 seconds of the second round,” Alex Davis, Martins’ manager, told MMA Fighting. “And regardless of where he was in the first round, which was not where he should have been, Octagon-side eyes should be glued to the fight. In the second, it takes approximately 20 seconds for him to reach his seat, and as he is walking to his place, he does not look even once at the fight. That’s enough time for a knockdown to occur and the guy to get back up.”
UFC confirmed Mullen was not in his correct seat for the first round, instead sitting in the commission seating area, and moved to his seat as Round 2 began after UFC’s Marc Ratner noticed.
“I was walking to my chair and watching the whole time for the first few seconds,” Mullen said. “I don’t know how many seconds. Probably 5 to 10 (not really sure) but watching while walking.”
“I do not know why this happened, people make mistakes,” Davis said. “But for whatever reason, fighters and camps are held to the highest standards by the regulators of this sport. These people must be held to the same standards. And this fight should be considered a no contest.”