Jackson Injury Not Severe, Ibarra Plans To Protest Decision

Juanito Ibarra (left), Quinton Jackson (right)

On Tuesday, I reported about the medical suspensions that were handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission; it appears that the injury that Quinton Jackson suffered was a bruised shin.  That news is good in this respect – he can possibly get a early medical clearance to start training again for his next match.  Now there’s word that Jackson’s trainer, Juanito Ibarra – who has still not retired as of this writing – plans to appeal the decision that was rendered by the judges at UFC 86 during the Quinton Jackson-Forrest Griffin fight.

Ibarra’s grounds for his appeal are based on judges Adalaide Byrd and Roy Silbert scoring the first round 10-9 Griffin despite Jackson scoring a knockdown on Griffin with an uppercut.  Ibarra added, “My grounds (for protest) are the first round — how it was scored.  I want them to prove to me how a round is to be scored, per the rules that the judges have to follow, and tell me how they came up with what they came up with.  I thought the worst nightmare in the world could have been a draw, but a loss unanimously…I can’t swallow it.  I can’t swallow it.”

Perhaps there’s some things that Ibarra does not understand.  For one, typically, decisions rendered by the judges that get appealed are not overturned.  Secondly, if he thinks that a rematch between Jackson and Griffin is just automatically granted, then Ibarra doesn’t know how the UFC rolls.  There’s a bunch of contenders in the light heavyweight division who could fight for that title besides Jackson.  Names such as Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva (assuming he plows through the division) and even Rashad Evans (assuming he beats Liddell).

So as you can see, the division is talent-rich, so Jackson will more than likely have to convincingly beat his next opponent – one not named Forrest Griffin – before a rematch will be considered.  You also have to consider when Jackson’s doctor will medically clear him to fight again.  If it is January 2 as the original suspension states, then a rematch between him and Griffin doesn’t sound very likely.  If he is cleared sooner, then perhaps.  Last thing here – Ibarra said that if Jackson lost the fight that he would retire; we’re still waiting for the retirement announcement, Juanito. 

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One Response to “Jackson Injury Not Severe, Ibarra Plans To Protest Decision”

  1. Siri Sham says:

    this bias decision that Ibarra has opted to take is ridculous, and it makes the Rampage camp look like the scandalous ones who are in all sports. It was a battle, and that is what happens, was it fair for the Unanimous decision, maybe not, but Forrest was agood man, good, and Rampage was only looking for the KO and that approach backfired on him, except for the knockdown.

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