Following widespread criticism of middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s antics against challenger Demian Maia as well as questions over the scoring of Frankie Edgar’s upset of lightweight champ BJ Penn, yet another controversy has emerged from Saturday’s UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.
As seen above, Silva’s gloves were not taped for his matchup with Maia, but according to cutman Stitch Duran it was a simple oversight that he promised won’t happen again.
“The guys in the back screwed up,” Duran posted on Twitter. “Burt Watson, our coordinator was not happy. Will not happen again, guarenteed!”
Because Abu Dhabi lacks an athletic commission to oversee MMA events, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, the former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, assumed the role for UFC 112.
NSAC rules, which are used for overseas events, require gloves be “examined by the representative of the Commission and the referee,” but do not explicitly require taping, though the practice is rarely skipped, with every other fighter on the card having their gloves taped.
The tape is used to prevent fighters from tampering with the gloves after they’ve been inspected, and also indicates the fighter’s corner.
For comparison, see the taped gloves of Penn and Edgar in the photo below.