State agency files complaint against timekeeper for mistake in UFC bout

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Michigan state agency has filed a complaint against a timekeeper, alleging he mishandled the clock at the end of a round during a UFC fight between middleweights Maiquel Falcao and Gerald Harris last year.

Stephen George Daher, a licensed timekeeper under Michigan’s Unarmed Combat Commission — formerly the state’s boxing commission — was named in a complaint brought by the Bureau of Commercial Services, a part of the state Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.

The complaint alleges Daher failed to ensure the Falcao-Harris fight “was terminated in accordance with the official contest clock” at UFC 123 on Nov. 20 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. ESPN.com obtained the complaint on Tuesday following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The violation occurred at the end of the first round, according to the complaint, when Falcao appeared near completion of a choke that could have finished Harris. When Daher allegedly called an end to the round, approximately six seconds remained on the clock.

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