Ion Cutelaba Hoping Commission Overturns Controversial Magomed Ankalaev Win

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Ion Cutelaba is hoping that the commission overturns his controversial defeat to Magomed Ankalaev.

The pair of light heavyweights collided on the main card of UFC Norfolk this past weekend in what promised to be a barnburner of a fight.

However, it was short-lived as Ankalaev appeared to have hurt Cutelaba early on. The Dagestan native poured on the pressure on a wobbly Cutelaba who was hurt but still fighting back. Nonetheless, referee Kevin MacDonald stepped in and stopped the fight with Cutelaba protesting immediately.

Many have since called it the worst stoppage in UFC history and Cutelaba is inclined to agree. After announcing that he would be appealing the loss following the fight, the Moldovan expanded more on the incident in an Instagram post.

“Tonight I was denied a chance to Show my work to the fans. Refereeing is a very hard job and tonight a mistake took away months of hard work and possible income from my family. I know that the commission will be able to understand that this was a incorrect call and will reverse the decision. Nobody wins in a situation like this, the fans lost on watching What could be the fight of the night, my opponent had a contestable win that will be overturned and I had one of the worst calls in @ufc history happen against me. I appreciate all the support from the fans in Norfolk, back home and all over the world. I will be back and I believe that we will together be able to correct this injustice.”

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Tonight I was denied a chance to Show my work to the fans. Reffering is a very hard job and tonight a mistake took away months of hard work and possible income from my family. I know that the comission will be able to understand that this was a incorrect call and will reverse the decision. Nobody wins in a situation like this, the fans lost on watching What Could be the fight of the Night, my opponent had a contestable win that will be overturned and I had one of the worst calls in @ufc history happen Against me. I apreciate all the support from the fans in Norfolk, back home and all ofer the world. I will be back and I believe that We will together be able to correct this injustice. ————————– In aceasta seara mi s-a refuzat sansa de a-mi arata fanilor munca mea. Arbitraju este o munca foarte grea si in aceasta seara o greseala a scos luni de munca grele si venituri posibile familiei mele. Stiu ca comisia va putea intelege ca acesta a fost un apel incorect si va inversa decizia. Nimeni nu castiga intr-o situatie de genul acesta, fanii au pierdut sansa posibila de a viziona lupta noptii, adversarul meu a avut o victorie contestabila si am avut una dintre cele mai rele decizii din istoria @ufc care sa intamplat impotriva mea. Am apreciat tot sprijinul din partea fanilor din Norfolk, inapoi acasa si tuturor oferite lumii. Voi reveni si cred ca impreuna vom fi capabili sa corectam aceasta nedreptate.

Cutelaba also told reporters backstage that playing possum was part of his plan to get Ankalaev to engage with him.

Many observers have since called for an immediate rematch. Ankalaev, meanwhile, says he does not need one but would be open to throwing down again if the UFC booked it.

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Date: March 2, 2020

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