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Yes Virginia, The UFC Does Have A Plan For Dealing With Commission-less Appeals

(He was so young and so in possession of two properly functioning eyes once.)

While we were busy speculating wildly about what might happen if Mostapha Al-Turk really does file an appeal with the UFC over his loss via eye-poke at UFC 99 in Germany, Robert Joyner at MMA Payout went ahead and looked at what the standard Zuffa contract has to say about a situation like this.  What a show-off that guy is.  Anyway, here’s what he found:

Any and all Bouts that occur in a jurisdiction or country without an Athletic Commission shall be conducted pursuant to the statutes, rules and regulations of the State of Nevada in effect at the time of the Bout, including, but not limited to, the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (the “Nevada Rules”); for the protection of the health and safety of the Fighter, to promote fairness in the administration of the Bout, and to preserve the integrity of the sport of mixed martial arts. In its sole discretion, ZUFFA may utilize the Nevada Rules in the oversight of any Bouts that occur under this Subsection 4.7. Fighter may appeal any advisory opinion by ZUFFA regarding any violations of the Nevada Rules relating only to Bouts that occur in a jurisdiction or country without an official government mandated Athletic Commission to an independent third-party arbitrator or arbitration panel selected pursuant to the guidelines developed by the American Arbitration Association. All costs and fees associated with an appeal taken pursuant to this Section shall be the exclusive responsibility of the Fighter. Regardless of where a Bout occurs, in no event shall a Fighter have any right to appeal a decision by ZUFFA relating to the UFC Title or the UFC Championship belts.

Wow, that was a lot of stuff.  Because I’m assuming you didn’t read it all but instead skimmed it much like you skimmed “The Sun Also Rises” in high school (spoiler alert: they get drunk the whole time and watch some bull fights), I’ll do my best to sum up.  

Basically, when you fight in a lawless place with no athletic commission, such as Germany, the UFC goes by “Nevada Rules,” which are at least better than “California Rules,” where everyone is assumed to be on steroids until proven innocent.  If you feel like some violation of the “Nevada Rules” occurred, like maybe Cro Cop put his dirty fingers all up in your eye and the UFC didn’t do anything about it when you appealed to them, then you can take your appeal to an “independent third-party arbitrator or arbitration panel.”  Unless it was a title fight, in which case you should just shut the hell up.  

But the kicker is that even if you do exercise your right to appeal to a third-party arbitrator, you have to pay for all the costs associated with it.  If you’re making Mostapha Al-Turk kind of money, that might be reason to think twice.  You don’t want to blow your whole purse trying to appeal an eye-poke incident that, at best, might get the result changed to a ‘No Contest’ and at worst might waste your time and money while at the same time getting the UFC pissed off at you. 

A guy with two losses in two UFC fights, yeah, he probably doesn’t want to go that route.  Not unless he is independently wealthy and values fairness and justice more than continued employment.

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Swedish- June 16, 2009 at 6:38 am
Dana hates Mirko ShitCop.... why wouldn't he pay for Al-Turk's legal fees?

Doesn't Dana want to F with ShitCop?
ace328- June 16, 2009 at 6:33 am
This is pretty much what happened to Anthony Johnson and he didn't get it overturned. So pretty much you can do all sorts of illegal shit in the fight as long as the ref doesn't see it. But god help you if they found out you were under the influence of the marijuana during the fight...
Dmonicideals- June 16, 2009 at 5:56 am
CroCop punked out, took the easy way out. If he didn't gouge out Al-Turks eye, he was gonna start kicking him in the nuts next.
Clyde- June 16, 2009 at 5:08 am
Well, I think even Dana White has to agree it's a unfair to hold this particular loss against him, so while he may not agree to levy the cost of appeal on Al-Turk's behalf, I don't think he's going to give him his P45 him right now because of the loss.
FreddyFangers- June 15, 2009 at 9:46 pm
- whos gives a shit?
ReDx- June 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm
I think the UFC will keep him around for another fight. If this was any other weight class then he'd most certainly be gone but with the division as thin as it is I don't see them dropping him just yet.
PurplePickle- June 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm
I have a certificate over my desk that says I'm a trained arbitration advocate (although I have never argued a case before an arbitrator). I do know from my own experience that in labor disputes, the arbitrator is usually vetted by both parties and the expenses are split between them.

The thought of having to pay all expenses sounds shitty, but arbitrators do remember the hand that feeds, I have seen them side for one party over another just so they remain in the graces of both management and the union, regardless of the merits of the instant case.

The problem is that in a case like this, Al-Turk wouldn't be a possible repeat customer like a labor union or corporation would. Since third party decisions can vary wildly, Al-Turk should probably just ask Dana for a one off fight with Tim Sylvia and hope for the best.
Surfin Dave- June 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm
If I were him, I'd just go up to Dana White and say "Did you see how he poked me in the eye? What's up with that?" and be done with it. A much easier and more streamlined appeals process.
NateGetsIrate- June 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm
Goodbye Al Turk and Cro Cop. Even more of a good reason to let Fedor have an open door contract since the UFC now has like 5 heavyweights.
FreddyFangers- June 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Yea, I gotta think that the UFC will gladly oblige the appeal IF the rumors are true about Cro Cop crawfishing out of the verbal agreement and running to DREAM. Al-Turk is probably done in the UFC anyway and will never make it back. If I'm Al-Turk im asking for one more chance to fight in the octagon or an appeal. Dude fought two heavys on what I would assume is a three fight contract. For the sake of irony it would be funny if he dumps al-turk a fight shy of the contracts completion. Again, I dunno if Al-turk is on a three fight contract. I can only speculate. I will repeat that I am not an authority on UFC/ZUFFA contracts and I am merely casting speculation........MIKEYMOSHER can get out of any stranglehold from what I understand.....DOUCHE....KTHNXBIA
MaxTheLimit- June 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm
Al-Turk needs BJ Penns mom to argue his case.
I hear she is super effective.
Cro Cop was greased?
I seriously doubt this is going anywhere, though Al-Turk was cheated (at the very least) of an opportunity to go down swinging. He may not have won, but giving him a loss while he cradles his injured eye was embarrassing.
parchy mcthirst- June 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm
haha sucks for the turk (al-turk = the turk)