In one of the most tragic miscarriages of justice in recent MMA officiating memory, longtime referee Yves Lavigne took the fate out of Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig‘s hands this evening during the UFC 115 preliminary card in one of the worst stoppages of the year.
No stranger to controversy with extremely questionable calls in previous UFC bouts such as Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover and Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell, Lavigne made the decision to stop this evening’s lightweight contest between Wiman and Danzig after coming to the conclusion that Danzig had been rendered unconscious from a mounted guillotine choke early in the opening round.
Danzig had not.
Even before Lavigne had a chance to separate Wiman’s forearm from the former TUF champion’s throat, Danzig threw both hands into the air protesting the stoppage. Upon rising to his feet it was apparent that Danzig was in no danger of being finished as the replay clearly dislayed that Danzig had plenty of room for oxygen to trravel to his brain through a large opening in the submission attempt.
Although Danzig appeared anxious to continue on with the fight following the stoppage, the damage was done and Wiman declared the winner via first round submission. Unfortunately, there was no submission.
Former close training partners at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Evan Dunham and Tyson Griffin went at it for a full three rounds this evening in a closely contested, technical affair. Surprisingly, Dunham showed that he had a clear advantage in the takedown department over the stocky and experienced Griffin. Dunham took Griffin’s back on multiple occasions during the scrap and controlled the action for the bulk of the contest on his way to a split decision victory.
Also putting up impressive performances this evening during the UFC 115 prelims were Mario Miranda, who rebounded from the first defeat of his career to stop David Loiseau via TKO in the second round; and UFC newcomer Claude Patrick who finished the normally durable Ricardo Funch with a slick first round guillotine choke.
A full list of the results from the undercard action is listed below:
Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:44
Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke)- Round 2, 1:48
James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau via TKO – Round 2, 4:07
Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:45
Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)