New Jersey Overturns Controversial Werdum Loss

Werdum Ferreira

In the wake of Renan Ferreira's controversial stoppage of Fabricio Werdum last week, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has taken the relatively rare action of overturning the result and ruling the fight a no contest. A former UFC heavyweight champion, Werdum was making his debut with the Professional Fighters League when he caught Ferreira in a triangle choke off his back during the first round of their main event match. Ferreira appeared to tap the back of Werdum's shoulder but referee Keith Peterson missed it.

Werdum claimed he stopped when he felt the tap, though he didn't release the hold. Ferreira proceeded to punch him until Werdum started to go slack, at which point Peterson halted the bout and awarded it to Ferreira. But athletic commissioner Larry Hazzard Sr. opted to change the outcome after reviewing replays and consulting with several experts, including Peterson who admitted he likely would have stopped the fight and awarded it to Werdum if he'd seen the tapout. Rather than earning six points for the win, Ferreira will now receive just one point in the PFL's season standings as will Werdum.

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