Miller believes the judges made a mistake when they awarded
Gamburyan a unanimous decision over him at UFC Fight Night 26,
but that’s not what he’s really upset about.
He’s upset over the chaos that ensued after he elbowed his opponent
just before the close of the first round.
Gamburyan indicated the elbow landed to the back of his head and
was therefore illegal, but referee Yves Lavigne disagreed.
Meanwhile Gamburyan stayed on the mat between rounds, and his
corner and cut man entered the Octagon to tend to him. By the time
a doctor gave the OK for Gamburyan to continue, Miller feels the
fight should have already been over.
“At the moment, I didn’t really know what was going on, which was
why I wasn’t trying to complain and raise a big fuss about it,”
Miller told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “After I heard the uproar from
everybody else and then I went back and watched the fight, I was
like, ‘Oh man.’ Not only do I feel I was wronged by the judges, I
was really wronged [by] what happened [between] the first and the
second round. You can’t get a two-minute recovery from a legal
blow. You get one minute, period, and that’s it. If you don’t
answer the bell, the fight’s over. You don’t get two minutes and
Miller also pointed to section 14.09.03 of the Massachusetts State
Athletic Commission’s regulations for MMA, which states that if a
fighter appears injured during a bout, the fighter’s manager or
second shall not attempt to render aid before the ringside
physician has examined the fighter.
Not only did that happen, Miller argues Gamburyan’s corner and
second rendered aid while in Miller’s corner.
“I saw an interview where Dana [White] said I should have thrown my
hands up and walked away to my corner, and that was the problem,
was that we were in my corner,” Miller said. “His corner is in my
corner while I’m getting instructions from my corner for my minute.
So he gets my minute in my corner and then he gets another
Eventually Gamburyan recovered and went on to win the fight via a
debatable unanimous decision. Miller believes the bout never should
have ended up in the judges’ hands.
“To be honest with you, I don’t care about the decision,” Miller
said. “If I don’t finish the guy, then I don’t even want the win.
You can keep it for all I care, but in this case, yeah, I do think
it was a B.S. decision, but they robbed me of my finality with a
finish, with a first-round finish over a top guy like Manny
At this point, Miller has decided to pursue what is likely his only
possible recourse: to file an appeal with the Massachusetts State
Athletic Commission. Specifically, he doesn’t plan on appealing the
decision but rather what happened after the first round.
“This has way more effects than me not getting my win bonus,”
Miller said. “I just beat the toughest guy I ever fought and now
I’m not going to be able to move up the ranks. I’m not going to be
able to get the hell off [the Facebook prelims]. I can’t get more
money from sponsors, and now I’m one fight closer to getting cut.
I’m mad. I’ve got to push this because if I don’t do it, who else
is going to do it?”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 2:42:57).