Diego Sanchez was retconned and put away by Austin Trout at the BKFC: ‘KnuckleMania 3’ pay-per-view event earlier this month in Albuquerque, but insists the fight would have gone differently had ‘The Nightmare’ been able to put effectively implement his clinch game.
That’s why Sanchez and his team will file a formal appeal with the New Mexico Athletic Commission (NMAC) seeking to overturn the loss, claiming that “No Doubt” violated bare-hand rules by greasing between rounds (more on these charges here).
Does anyone know where Phil Nurse was last Friday?!?
“We will file a formal complaint with NMAC to cancel the fight,” Sanchez’s rep Ricky Kottenstette said in a statement to MMA Fighting. “In a sport where clinching is allowed, this eliminated 100% of his chance to implement a key strategy in his game plan.”
Sanchez was undoubtedly looking to take a page from Artem Lobov’s playbook. “The Russian Hammer” managed to defeat Paulie Malignaggi – a much more accomplished boxer – using the clinch and a lingering butt rush in their BKFC 6 main event.
We’ll bring you updates on Sanchez’s appeal as they become available.
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