Matt Mitrione will file an official appeal to overturn his TKO loss to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 81, as per Duane Finley of MMAJunkie.com.
Mitrione, who is still suffering from the damage caused to his eye, claims that the outcome of the fight was a result of several officiating errors. In the fight, Mitrione was poked in the eye by Browne multiple times resulting in one of the most gruesome eye injuries the octagon has ever seen. The fight ended up going to the ground where Browne was able to secure a mount and finish the fight off to win via TKO.
In his official appeal, Mitrione cited referee Gary Forman’s lack of experience and incompetence for the way the fight played out.
“Mitrione was fouled, injured and incapacitated twice by eye gouges Browne employed to defend similar fair attacks by Mitrione,” the appeal read. “It is an affront to the rules that the Referee would instruct a fouled combatant not to move forward in an attempt to land legal strikes. This outrageous instruction by the Referee once again demonstrated either a complete lack of knowledge or, alternatively, a willful disregard for the rules.”
Mitrione also claimed that the referee told him to stop ‘jumping in aggressively towards Browne’ rather than deducting points for the fouls committed. The appeal also mentions that Forman posted on social media that Mitrione was ‘asking for it.’
“On information and belief, after the fight Referee Forman went so far as to post on his social media that Mitrione “asked for it” by jumping in aggressively towards Browne. Forman subsequently removed that social media post specifically and erased much of his other social media, as well.”
Mitrione says that the TKO loss should be overturned into a win via disqualification of Browne or into a No Contest.