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5/7/11 1:23 AM
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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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5/7/11 1:32 AM
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I heard it was screw jobs on both fronts. I hope justice gets served.
5/7/11 1:48 AM
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No love got robbed!!!! Horn and Leites was a boring fight, but that's what happens when 2 grapples try and stand for 15mins peppering each other with weak shots.
5/7/11 9:36 AM
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Awful decision for Clementi vs Madadi. One of the worst I have ever seen, no doubt. Madadi got a couple take downs but that was it. Clementi picked him apart on the feet and owned him when it was actually on the ground, sweeping, taking Madadi's back several times, and going for numberous subs. I dont even think Madadi was able to land a shot until the third round, and only went for one, maybe two subs the who fight while rich was constantly working.
5/7/11 11:09 AM
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 Give "No Love" his title! 
5/7/11 12:51 PM
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I also thought Clementi won. He also made the fight much better to watch. Phone Post
5/7/11 3:05 PM
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Just watched this on DVR. Clementi was robbed big time. He took no damage and was dominating all aspects of the fight. Apparently the ref was in on it too...standing them up with Clementi working side control??

RIGGED.
5/7/11 3:27 PM
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Im surpised they showed that crime on tv. that was some serious bullshit. the first time it broadcasted i was only glancing up at the tv occasionally, and each time he was dominating and in a dominate position.

Then the second time i was watched the fight i paid attention and its not even close. I think Rich won all 3 rounds with cushion. The other dude shot failed tds for 3 rounds and got himself taken down almost each time. Oh and he like landed no strikes. How is that a win?
5/7/11 3:49 PM
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AlexWysocki - Is that the same judoka that Hermes Franca also protested his decision loss against? Phone Post


No, that was Ferrid Kheder
5/7/11 3:53 PM
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AlexWysocki - Is that the same judoka that Hermes Franca also protested his decision loss against? <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


No, that was Ferrid Kheder


Kheder vs this guy might be epic. The potential for a bizarre screwjob would be very likely.
5/7/11 4:29 PM
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Rich won this fight. Did Reza even throw a strike before rd 3? Rich dominated on the ground as well. Reza landed a few take downs, did nothing with them and got swept. Rich was attacking from ground constantly. Stand up from side control? wtf. Give this man his title.
5/7/11 5:54 PM
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Unfortunately, I doubt the protest will lead to anything. A ruling can only be reversed if an "evident mistake" has been committed and that's difficult to point out when it comes to subjective scoring. They will be very hesitant to set a precedent when it comes to overruling judges.

On the other hand - I can somewhat see how it could be scored as a draw, but not how Madadi could get the final nod after that.

It's worth to note that rounds are scored as draws more frequently by Swedish judges. It's not up to K-1 standards, but still. The one score card I know about for Madadi-Clementi (Bobby Rehman's) had the fight at 9-10, 10-9, 10-10.

As for the ref, Marko Gyllenland, he's Sweden's most experienced and I doubt the Clementi stand up was anything but a fuck up from his part. Superior usually uses UK ref Grant Waterman and he was missed that night.
5/7/11 5:57 PM
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RC won and it wasn't even close JH won and it was closer but an absolute win What an embarrassment for the sport. Hey judges (euro or otherwise) - learn your job sidenote: the horn fight was actually an interesting striking fight (for fans who understand and are into technical mma standup) Phone Post
5/7/11 6:09 PM
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^ I'm not into technical MMA standup when I have a chance to see MMA grappling on a completely different level. That was a boring ass fight.
5/7/11 7:13 PM
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^agreed on would rather see those two ground fight Phone Post
5/17/11 8:00 PM
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Evilzpet - Awful decision for Clementi vs Madadi. One of the worst I have ever seen, no doubt. Madadi got a couple take downs but that was it. Clementi picked him apart on the feet and owned him when it was actually on the ground, sweeping, taking Madadi's back several times, and going for numberous subs. I dont even think Madadi was able to land a shot until the third round, and only went for one, maybe two subs the who fight while rich was constantly working.


Rich clearly won the first two rounds. I haven't seen the third.

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