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Russ Miura Files Protest with Commission Over TKO Loss to Isaac DeJesus in Tachi Palace Fights

Posted on by Damon Martin

Russ Miura has filed papers with the California State Athletic Commission to try and overturn his recent loss to Isaac DeJesus in Tachi Palace Fighting.

Miura lost the fight by TKO in a one-sided fight to DeJesus on May 6 at Tachi Palace Fights 9 in California.

Following the fight, DeJesus tested positive for marijuana and was subsequently suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for 6 months and fined $500.

Miura is seeking to have the decision overturned into a no contest and will go before the commission in a meeting currently set for June 20.

DeJesus was stripped of his Tachi Palace Fights featherweight title after also missing weight for the fight, and then tested positive for marijuana and is currently serving his suspension.

Tom Call, manager for DeJesus, confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his fighter had been served with the papers regarding Miura’s wish to have the contest overturned.

One thing that DeJesus and his manager firmly believe however is that marijuana played no role in the TKO win for the fighter over Miura at Tachi Palace Fights.

“Yes, we got the paperwork that Russ Miura’s protesting it. Isaac’s serving his suspension, Isaac’s paid the fine, he’s lost some opportunities with Tachi and other organizations, but the one thing he didn’t do was lose that fight,” Call said.

“Regardless of what any sanctioning body says, and it’s out there on the web for people to find. Make your own judgment.”

The fight was a dominant win for DeJesus who blasted through Miura with a first round stoppage after a nasty counter right hand put his opponent away.

Miura and DeJesus will appear before the commission on June 20 to wait for a final ruling on what decision will be made regarding the TKO that happened in the fight that night.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Uhhhh, no.

  • afk

    if weed was a performance enhancing drug i’d be emperor of the world by now.

    you’d think it would be a hindrance for an athlete to smoke; their opponents should want them to be high, lol.

  • Darren2112

    Dudes smoke after a very intense workout as part of their recovery. If you are working out late at night, you are too pumped and thinking too much to go to sleep. The herb helps to calm your mind and make you relax so you can sleep/recover and get up the next day and do it all over again.

    It is not a performace enhancer per se, but more like an anti-anxiety treatment. I’m sure there are certain anti-anxiety meds that are also deemed illegal by the athletic commissions.

    If dude wants to smoke, get a medical license and disclose to commission before the fight, just like he would be required to do with any other medications he was taking.

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      “If dude wants to smoke, get a medical license and disclose to commission before the fight, just like he would be required to do with any other medications he was taking.”

      You are incorrect, athletic commissions do not allow this. It’s already been tried. There is even CA. State Supreme Court precedence in this matter (med. marijuana in the work place) allowing employers to fire employees who test positive for THC even though they have a med/cannabis card.