The UFC has upheld Erick Silva’s controversial disqualification loss to Carlo Prater at UFC 142 this past Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after deciding that referee Mario Yamasaki’s call of illegal strikes by Silva to the back of Prater’s head could not be reviewed.
The UFC oversaw the event itself with no applicable athletic commission in Brazil.
“Based on the referee’s verbal warnings and his determination that the blows were intentional and a disqualifying foul, this is not the type of decision that can be reviewed. Therefore, the decision stands,” Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, said in a statement.
“Recently, Zuffa has decided to implement the use of instant replay at all international events that are self-regulated, and to encourage all regulators to consider the feasibility and effectiveness of instant replay in the sport of MMA. While instant replay would not have reversed the call in the Silva-Prater bout, we believe that it could be valuable to referees and the sport in the future.”
Silva was paid his win bonus by the UFC despite being disqualified after stopping Prater with punches in only 29-seconds.
Pictured: Marc Ratner