Management for UFC featherweight Mackens Semerzier have applied for the California State Athletic Commission to overturn the result of his fight with Robert Peralta.
The fight took place on Saturday night as part of the UFC on FOX 1 undercard. The two clashed heads as they swung for each other, resulting in Semerzier dropping to the floor.
There he was barraged by Peralta from top position, causing the referee to stop the fight, but replays clearly show that it was the accidental clash of heads that dropped him in the first place.
Semerzier’s management, SuckerPunch Entertainment, have confirmed that an appeal has been filed with the Californian regulatory body.
They are asking for CSAC to declare the fight a no-contest. That would change his recent record from an 0-2 run to an 0-1 with one no-contest. The latter scenario would prevent him losing his spot on the UFC roster.
Earlier this year, Nik Lentz successfully filed a similar appeal with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission. He asked for the result of his fight with Charles Oliveira to be changed to a no-contest because Oliveira’s fight-ending submission became possible only because of an illegal knee to the head.
In that instance, PSAC rendered its judgement in a matter of days. But all commissions are different and there is no time-frame for a decision on Semerzier’s case.