The result of an October 3 matchup between UWC bantamweight champion Mike Easton and challenger Chase Beebe, originally a split decision win for Easton, has been changed to a “no decision,” according to Sherdog.
The bout, which headlined UWC 7 this past Saturday at the Partiot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, ended in controversy when Easton was declared the winner despite Beebe clearly winning at least three of the fight’s five round according to most observers.
According to the report, the result will remain a “no decision” until the state completes a review of the fight, at which time it is expected to be changed to a “no contest”:
“I know the decision will not be reversed; the best we can hope for is a no contest, in order to be fair to both individuals,” [Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program Executive Director Dave] Holland said. “This didn’t start with anyone writing a letter or complaint to the department regarding the outcome of that fight. This was started by myself at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. The first thing I did that morning when I walked into that office is ask to take the steps to do the fair thing.”
Backlash has been palpable after commission-appointed judges Brian Costello and Brian Cunningham turned in score cards giving Easton the fight, one by a 48-46 score and one by a 49-46 score. Beebe clearly controlled the fight in the last three rounds by hitting takedowns and holding back mount, with Easton offering very little offense.
Holland said he is arranging to have veteran MMA official “Big” John McCarthy come to Virginia to meet with his judges and review the sport’s scoring criteria. “There will be other additional training to find out why certain things happened and how we would expect a change in those procedures,” he said.