Horn, Clementi file protests in Sweden

Saturday, May 07, 2011

The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation will meet May 16 to examine and rule on the protests filed by American fighters Jeremy Horn and Rich Clementi regarding their losses at Superior Challenge 7 on April 30.

Both fighters competed in closely contested title bouts at the event in Stockholm, Sweden. Horn fell to fellow UFC vet Thales Leites by split decision, while Clementi was on the short end of a unanimous verdict following his three-round affair with Reza Madadi.

Of special note is Clementi’s fight, which was reportedly scored a draw by all three ringside judges. However, in compliance with SMMAF’s professional rules, the judges were forced to pick a winner in the title bout. In what could be viewed as a conflict of interest, a previous training partner of Madadi’s, Bobby Rehman, served as a ringside judge for the lightweight title affair.

“I have in recent days received much criticism, both from media and foreign athletes, that our judges are too closely associated with the Swedish athletes. This may be a structural problem that we now take a look at. I promise to come back with conclusions on the issue when an investigation has been carried out,” wrote Sallfeldt.

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