Jon “Bones” Jones’ appeal was denied by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Monday. Jones and his team were hoping to overturn a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill after reigning down illegal elbows during The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec. 5
Jone’s management recently spoke with Sherdog regarding the decision. “We got the letter on Monday,” said Ryan Ciotoli, one of Jones’ representatives with BombSquad Sports Management. “It basically said they didn’t overturns decisions they had made. That’s something we had heard when [we filed the appeal], but we were hoping they would take a look at it.”
BombSquad Sports Management’s original compliant stated that Hamill, a legally deaf athlete, was unable to effectively communicate with referee Steve Mazzagatti due to impaired vision caused by having blood in the eyes. The UFC’s 22 year old light-heavyweight virtuoso’s team went on to further explain that the criteria and protocol used to determine whether or not Hamill could continue were flawed. They pointed out that no ringside physicians were giving a chance to assess Hamill’s condition before the illegal elbows were thrown, which would have rendered him unfit to continue. Jones’ team stressed the importance of reviewing every angle to ensure the NSAC had every opportunity to reach the fairest decision.
“We had some good points,” Ciotoli said. “Nothing against them. We just wanted them to review it. Everybody makes mistakes, and you’ve got to take a look at those mistakes. To not do that is wrong. It’s unfortunate they didn’t even look anything over, but we kind of knew that going in. If they did decide to look at it and overturn the decision, it would not make them look weak.”
Despite having the appeal denied, which they foreseen happening, Jones’ team took the only loss to the youngster’s record with stride knowing that he put on a dominant performance against another formable wrestler. Jones’ representative Ciotoli stated, “Nobody wants to lose. He knows he put on a good performance. We talked with him about the protest, and he was for it. He just wanted things looked at, whether it was overturned or not. He’s fine with everything.”