With Bennett vs. Volkov’s draw possibly being the worst decision of 2010, it came to no surprise that the New Jersey native and Team Bomb Squad contingent filed an immediate, formal appeal to have the bout reviewed. With the appeal process set into action, the bout was dissected by a special IMA judging panel that has re-scored the fight and have submitted their ruling; at the recommendation of head IMA judge, Ino Alberga, and the IMA panel, the decision in Pat Bennett’s one-sided battle has been overturned with the win being rightfully awarded to Bennett after three rounds.

According to M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan, “The appeal process is in place to provide fighter’s an avenue to request a review of highly controversial decisions and Bennett’s appeal was extremely warranted. Although the overturning of a decision is rare, the independent IMA panel and it’s head judge felt it necessary to alter the outcome based on Bennett’s takedowns, ground control and aggression.”

Heavyweight contender Pat Bennett now officially improves his record to 4-2 and was appreciative of the appeal process’ outcome. “It feels great to have this weight lifted off my shoulders. I was encouraged to submit the appeal but I knew it was going to be a tough, lengthy process and that having a decision overturned is quite rare. It’s incredible to have a process in place for this type of situation and to get what I deserved.”

Enjoying the experience fighting in Europe, Bennett looks forward to his overseas fighting future and is looking to get back in action as soon as possible. “I have no fear of fighting overseas and am hoping the next opportunity to fight in Russia comes quickly. Although the appeal process has proven to work, I’m more motivated to finish. If I take the fight out of the judges’ hands, I am in full control of my own destiny. Thanks to M-1 Global for their continued support!”

Now notching another victory, Bennett finds himself back in the hunt, clamouring for a future shot at the heavyweight championship. With Bennett in the driver’s seat, the decorated wrestler is on a mission to string together victories and earn a place in a main-event spotlight.  Thanks to M-1 Global’s jammed-packed 2011 calendar, this opportunity may come sooner than expected.



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