Exclusive: NSAC Rejects Anthony Johnson’s Appeal

Anthony JohnsonAnthony Johnson’s appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission of a controversial July 19th TKO loss to Kevin Burns due to an eye poke at UFC Fight Night 14 has been denied.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the appeal rejection to MMAFrenzy.com (www.mmafrenzy.com) via email.

“Based on advice from the Nevada Attorney General’s office, the appeal was rejected due to lack of remedy,” Kizer revealed to MMAFrenzy.com.

Johnson’s July bout against Burns ended in controversy after Burns received multiple warnings for poking Johnson in the eyes during the opening two rounds then put Johnson down for good in round three with an accidental-but-illegal eye poke that sent Johnson to the canvas screaming in pain. The referee immediately intervened and waved off the fight with most fans suspecting Johnson would be declared the winner via disqualification, however when the final decision was rendered Burns was controversially declared the winner via TKO.

Though the liklihood of an appeal succeeding was slim Johnson opted to file an appeal with the NSAC in hopes of having the result overturned, but the appeal was ultimately rejected by the commission.

Following the loss Johnson was forced to undergo laser surgery on his eye to repair a detached retina and is aiming to return to the octagon before the end of the year.

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