An Appeal Planned For Johnson

Anthony Johnson

If any of you saw the Kevin Burns-Anthony Johnson fight, then you saw the decision at the end of the fight – a TKO win for Burns.  You probably also saw the fight in question, as well; the eye-pokes, especially – which contributed to the win for Burns.  Not surprisingly, according to‘s forum, Johnson’s agent made a post regarding the appeal he planned to file.  Below is the entire post:

I would be remiss if I didn’t file a complaint and seek recourse for the outcome of the Anthony Johnson  fight results this weekend.  The UG has always been a valuable resource to me and as such I am reaching out looking for creativity to add to the appeal.  All of you attorneys and armchair warriors, this is your chance to affect the process. 

I don’t want to share our current arguments that are based at law and in the Nevada code because I don’t want to tip our hat or effect the commentary.  That being said it seems the more people I speak to, the more different perspectives I get as to precedent, equity, due process, etc. 

AJ deserves the best, and most creative appeal and should not be limited to the vast expanse of my mind or the input of my network.  The reality is we seek to get a UFC decision overturned after the fact and to the best of my recollection that has only been done once before in the Radach Berger fight.   I also believe we have the UFC’s support in this effort.    

I respect the process and am not trying to cry or complain here.  I also believe Keith Kizer is the best Commissioner in the game.  He has always been fair and is rational.  While there may not be a code section that affords the opportunity to overturn a decision as he informed me, he has always considered all input and done his best to effectuate justice.  I do believe however, to a man, everyone who has seen the fight believes that the outcome was unjust.  I also believe Mr. Kizer will take everything into consideration and if afforded and opportunity at law or equity will correct this unfortunate situation.  Let’s figure out a way to untie his hands.  

Meanwhile, Anthony Johnson  has accepted what has happened and has shown nothing but class through the process.  This was most evident in the first round when he inadvertently kick Kevin Burns in the groin and backed off and apologized.  He didn’t not call Kevin Burns out for the six or so eye gouges with and open hand or for pouncing after putting three of his finger print on the back of his eye socket.  Rumble told me he thought his eye popped out.  

Rise up in support UG and help with some creativity.  

Interesting that he would use a MMA website’s forum first and foremost to announce his intentions regarding the appeal that he plans to file.  And perhaps it is just me, but he can try to get all of the support online that he can get; but at the end of the day, the legal process is going to ultimately decide what decision will be made after the appeal has been filed.  I understand why he did what he did, but he needs to file this appeal ASAP instead of spending valuable time in a MMA website’s forum, stating his case.  Again, he raises valid points, but he needs to save that for his appeal.


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