Today I was on a conference call with Jon Jones's co-managers Ryan Ciotoli and Gary Marino. We discussed the Matt Hamill fight and the stoppage. They plan to appeal the ruling that gave Jones a DQ loss and will attempt to have the loss changed to a no-contest.
TheGARV.com: Hey guys, thanks for the call. First off, I just want to say that Jones looked great in there against Hamill. Amazing performance.
Ryan Ciotoli: Oh yeah. He did the things he wanted to do. I talked to Jon and he’s not disappointed by the performance, just the result.
TheGARV.com: After the fight he said he accepted the ruling. But now after reviewing the tapes, you feel he has a case for a no-contest?
Ryan Ciotoli: He doesn’t want to embarrass anyone but he feels that the fair ruling would be a no contest. After the fight we watched the tapes again and there were a few things that stuck out in our minds that the ref did wrong. We'd like to see the loss removed.
TheGARV.com: What should the ref have done differently?
Gary Marino: The ref said to Matt Hamill, "Are you done?" but Matt didn’t answer and he called the fight. If he would have stood Matt up, cleaned the blood out of his eyes, and brought in his interpretor, he would have found out right there that Matt could not continue due to the shoulder injury. The commissioner said at the press conference that if an illegal blow is the cause of the end of the fight, then it has to be ruled a DQ. But in reality, the illegal elbows did not end the fight, it was the shoulder injury. If the ref had communicated better, he would have seen it was the shoulder not the nose.
Ryan Ciotoli: I also think that Matt felt he'd lost the fight and didn’t see Mazzagatti standing over him. Mazzagatti should have cleaned off Matt’s face and brought in the doctor to evaluate him. Brazilians have translators; Matt does as well. But his interpretor was not used by the ref. Jones did throw some questionable elbows. Jon was looking for a different angle and it wasn’t intentional. And if you look at the slow motion replay, it doesn’t look like 12 to 6, there was a curve to it. Maybe 12 to 7 or 12 to 8. Plus there was no warnings from the ref prior to the stoppage.