by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Following a controversial stoppage at UFC 115, Mac Danzig and his management team have filed an appeal with the Vancouver Athletic Commission to have the loss to Matt Wiman overturned to a no contest.
The news of the appeal was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Danzig via text message, and first reported by BJPenn.com.
During the first round of their lightweight match-up, Wiman caught Danzig in a guillotine choke. It appeared deep at first, but a close-up from the overhead camera showed that one side of Danzig’s neck was completely exposed, so he was still breathing and at that point not in danger of being choked out.
As Danzig was pushing off a leg to try and maneuver his way out, referee Yves Lavigne appeared to hear Wiman say he thought his opponent was unconscious. A brief touch of the glove and he stopped the fight. Danzig bounced up immediately, confused about why the fight was stopped.
There was so much confusion over the stoppage that the UFC has made a rematch between Wiman and Danzig at UFC Fight Night 22 in Austin, Texas, as a lead-in to the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Sept. 15.
That not withstanding, because of the stoppage, Danzig still has a loss on his record; one he hopes to have expunged and changed to a no contest.
The Vancouver Athletic Commission has yet to respond with a verdict in the matter.