My home state is known as the sporting capital, but it still makes MMA fighters compete in the potentially dicey surrounds of a boxing ring.
Gustavo Falciroli’s ‘no contest’ result against Kai Kara at AFC 7 is just the latest example of why it’s high time the State Government moves to legalise the octagon. Seriously, it’s a no brainer – and hello, we’d see more UFC fights down under.
As the UFC’s Tom Wright indicates, think of the money, Victoria!
- From Gustavo’s Facebook page.. good luck dude.
“Today I SHOULD have won my fight by KO.
Unfortunately, the fight was bizarrely called a no contest due to a plastic water bottle and the ridiculous cage ban in Victoria.
In the second round, I landed a combination, finishing with a knee that sent my opponent through the ropes (for the second time in the fight) and the referee stopped it. I came back to the corner and celebrated, saying that the knee landed perfectly and it was clear to everyone that I won.
Post fight, however, the commission advised that my opponent hit his head on a plastic water bottle (initially it was claimed to be a table) when he fell through the ropes and that he was not able to continue due to the clash with the bottle.
Obviously this is absurd so we will be lodging a formal complaint in an attempt to overturn the no contest.
We require video from the fight to lodge a complaint so if anyone has any, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org urgently. The water bottle allegedly responsible for the knockout blow has been apprehended and is being questioned.”