This past weekend in Natal, Brazil, Scott Jorgensen took on Jussier da Silva, and in an effort to put his flyweight career on track. Coming into the match Jorgensen was on a two fight losing streak and in need of a win.
However, the bout did not go according to plan, or at least not for Jorgensen.
Looking good in the first few minutes of round one, Jorgensen was never in any danger and was easily holding his own the fight. Sadly, as the third minute of the round approached Jorgensen and Silva collided heads, and with it, Silva went down. Shortly after that, Jorgensen had his back taken and was summarily choked out.
As Jorgensen sees it, what happened to him was akin to an illegal groin kick and as such, the fighter believes the bout and its record – his loss – should be overturned, and the fight rescheduled.
As Jorgensen put it:
“It’s no different than getting kicked in the nuts. It’s the same thing.”
“I hit him with absolutely everything I threw. He could not hit me. I defended every takedown he tried on me. He jumps in, clips me with a headbutt, I drop and wake up in a rear-named choke. That’s the fight. It’s b******t. I’m pissed. I don’t think it was intentional but accidental or not, it dropped me. He couldn’t hit me before that. He couldn’t hit me with his hands. I’d love to see it overturned to a no contest and I want a rematch.”
As to whether or not the fight will be overturned or whether or not there are any grounds for it, is anyone’s guess. However, Jorgensen does have a point.
The two fighter’s heads did collide. There is no doubt. But is it the same thing as an illegal groin strike?
With a headbutt both fighters are impacted, where in a groin strike only one fighter is affected. As such, an easy view of a headbutt might simply be that each fighter gets what they get, and that’s all there is to it; let the chips fall where they may, as it were.
The simple fact of the matter is that for as frustrating as it might be for Jorgensen in terms of the headbutt, there’s probably precious little that can or will be done about it. And that any dreams he may entertain regarding his loss being overturned is probably a wishful thinking.
However, if Jorgensen can make a strong enough case before the UFC brass he may be able to get a rematch with Silva, and at least that way, he could avenge the loss and set the record straight. Sadly for Jorgensen, a rematch with the Brazilian and not an overturning of his loss to him, might be the only satisfaction that Jorgensen ever gets on the matter.
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