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Al-Turk to Appeal Eye-Poke Loss to Cro Cop at UFC 99

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(Sorry, Al-Turk.  Cro Cop doesn’t do injury timeouts. Photo courtesy of

Mostapha Al-Turk apparently doesn’t agree with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s assertion that the inadvertent eye-poke in the first round of their UFC 99 bout had no effect on the outcome, because he plans to appeal that ugly (for several reasons) loss, according to his agent, Ken Pavia:

"We are going to appeal that, we don’t think its right that it should be a TKO. The referee should have got onto the eye poke," said Al-Turk’s agent Ken Pavia. "Look at Henderson v Franklin at UFC 93 in Dublin. Franklin got a timeout when he got eye-poked. …With the fight taking place in Germany we aren’t sure what the protocol is, but we will put our appeal in writing and see what we can do."

Thing is, no one is really sure what the protocol for an appeal of a UFC result in Germany is, because there isn’t one.  In the absence of an athletic commission, as is the case with UK events, the UFC oversees these things themselves.  That means an appeal could conceivably be decided by the UFC brass, and they aren’t too happy with Cro Cop at the moment.  You know what they say, the best revenge is changing someone’s win to a ‘No Contest.’

So did the eye-poke really make the difference in the fight?  Probably not.  Cro Cop was having no problem exploiting the enormous holes in Al-Turk’s stand-up game prior to getting knuckle deep into his eye, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a foul.  The fight should have been halted to give Al-Turk time to recover.  But, as happens with eye pokes from time to time, referee Dan Miragliotta didn’t catch it (and neither did we until they showed the replay) and the fight went on for another painful few seconds.

Sure, you could argue that Al-Turk’s reaction should have clued Miragliotta in to the inadvertent foul.  It’s not often that you see a guy turn his back on his opponent in the middle of a fight and cover his face like a fourteen-year-old girl who’s just been dumped for the first time.  Then again, much of Al-Turk’s performance up to that point seemed a little off.  He never looked like he belonged in there with Cro Cop, so it wouldn’t be so difficult to believe that a punch had made him crumble up and quit.

We’ve seen in the past that eye-poke appeals aren’t guaranteed any degree of success, but here’s a good test of the UFC’s ability to police itself without oversight from a traditional athletic commission.  Will they give this appeal a day in some form of a court, or will they just make it go away?  And if they do deal with it, can they justifiably screw Cro Cop out of a win the way he screwed them out of a contract, or would that just seem too vindictive at this point?

Related: Cro Cop now says that his rumored departure from the UFC and signing with Dream is "a business secret," and he doesn’t want to talk about it.  That’s not exactly a denial, is it?


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SlapjawAckrite- June 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm

i think it wasn't overturned b/c the athletic commission could ot overturn it due to their short-sighted rules, ie they could only overturn if some other shit happened
One Two- June 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm
in the refs defense hes not watching it in slo mo like us. instant replay in mma?
J-Dog- June 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Al-Turk was totally robbed of his right to continue to get his ass kicked until getting knocked out fair and square.

When someone gets a knee in the balls and they bend over and grab their junk, the ref stops the fight so the fighter can recoup, and then they re-start the fight.

From Al-Turk's reaction it was very clear he had gotten poked. The ref should have halted the fight and investigated, plain and simple. BAD REFFING.

What more can they do, allow the fighters to call "time out" on their own, using the universal hands in a T symbol? "Hey, I just got kicked in the nuts and poked in the eye - TIME OUT!!!". Unless the fighters are going to be allowed to call time in that type of case, then the ref needs to be on top of it and do his job and stop the action in the event of a foul. I guess the rule could be that if you call "time out" and you weren't legitimately fouled, then it's the same as a verbal tap out or something. You can't let a T.O. get abused.. but at the same time a fighter should be allowed a T.O. after a foul like that. Fo sho.

jdavis- June 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Ken Pavia should know a bit about appealing eye pokes. He is Anthony Johnson's manager too, so he's already gone down that road and knows how futile it is.

USAtoday confirmed with Dream that Cro Cop signed with them, for what that is worth.
The Lizardking05- June 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm
if its so open and shut.... like mentioned before why was Burns still awarded the win? answer that
Kimbos Bread- June 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Al Turk has every right to appeal and be approved.

Anybody who thinks otherwise is a dumb fucking jizz receptacle.
NECROPHYTE- June 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Cro Cop graduated from the J.I.S.P.C.A (Juanito Ibarra's School for Professional Con Artists)
Cookie Monster- June 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm
and if we are gonna discuss an instant replay case, lets go back to that mike "iron vagina" aina bullshit cause i am still pissed about that. fuck mike aina
Cookie Monster- June 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm
WHO GIVES A SHIT? fuck em both...lets move on to more pressing matters. like Shaq diesel's MMA career. ya boyeeee!
BEAM- June 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm
The decision has to be nullified. It's the most open and shut case in the history of instant replays.
techzen- June 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm
so if you win a bet and then the fight is overturned later on, wonder what happens.
Swedish- June 15, 2009 at 11:57 am
F Mikro ShitCop and the muslim.

Both will never be in the UFC again which means they are meaningless
Sheps- June 15, 2009 at 11:44 am
I think its HILARIOUS that Al-Turk got to fight in the UFC, its pretty crazy, the guy can barely stand on his own two feet while throwing a punch, and he gets two fights in the UFC.

Hell way more talented guys have been thrown out of the UFC in less than 2 fights.

I say Al-Turk vs that fat Canadian that choked out Pat Berry.... Tim Hauge or whatever his name is.

It would be epic, the battle of the 2 fat bumbling idiots.
Levi Jones- June 15, 2009 at 11:21 am
Fuck Mirko.
Polish- June 15, 2009 at 11:19 am
If Kevin Burns can win by Eye poke and not have it over turned then I don't see this going much different. Who cares really... Al Turk isn't anyone, Cro Cop would have won anyway, and neither will be in the UFC anymore. So really? Who gives a fuck.
ktfo- June 15, 2009 at 11:09 am
i blame the ref dan mirgligotta or what ever the fuck it is. he is the worst ref in mma. al turk turns his back and covers his eye in the middle of a fight. take it, al-turk did not look good in the fight, but he still got screwed, that was bullshit
LargeMidget- June 15, 2009 at 10:55 am
Crocop did it for the money. On top of that he's a lyin' cheatin' basturd.