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Morning Report: Jackson’s MMA criticizes N.J. commission for timekeeping gaffe that cost Andrei Arlovski ‘dearly’

Andrei Arlovski suffered a broken jaw in the final seconds of the first round in his WSOF 2 main event clash against Anthony Rumble Johnson, a fact which makes the ensuing ten minutes of combat even more remarkable. But did Johnson’s late flurry — which dropped Arlovski twice and nearly ended the fight — arrive well after the round should’ve ended? According to Arlovski’s coaches at Jackson’s MMA, that seems to be the case. The NJ athletic commission was [so] worried about the World Series of Fighting getting a new canvas and new corner pads for the cage, they almost canceled the fight Saturday night, Jackson’s MMA wrote on Facebook on Thursday. Unfortunately they forgot to get a time keeper that was trained properly. 1st round 5min 8 sec in the Andrei fight. A devastating blow was landed after the 5min mark. It’s amazing how so much time is spent with over regulating but the simple things can cost dearly. Did the fight-changing exchange come late? After reviewing the video, it definitely appears that way. Click this. For brevity’s sake, we’ve already jump ahead to the moment in question. You can start to hear the 10-second clackers at 5:16. Johnson’s first knockdown comes at 5:28, roughly 12 seconds later. The second one, which nearly finished the fight, comes two seconds later, at 5:30. Johnson swarms Arlovski with punches until 5:33 — at least 17 seconds after the 10-second timestamp. Even under this layman review, it’s obviously the most pivotal moment of the fight should’ve never actually happened. Nick Lembo, Deputy Attorney General of the New Jersey athletic commission, did not respond to MMAFighting.com’s inquiries at the time of the writing. Regardless, between this incident and whatever’s going on in Quebec, one thing is clear — it’s been a rough few weeks for athletic commissions. 8 MUST-READ STORIES Jackson’s MMA takes aim at N.J. commission. Jackson’s MMA released a statement on Facebook condemning the New Jersey athletic commission for allowing the first round of Andrei Arlovski’s bout against Anthony Johnson to continue well past the five-minute mark at WSOF 2. Arlovski was floored twice by Johnson punches during the extra time. Decimal controversy unveils further. Nick Diaz’s lawyer, Jonathan Tweedale, revealed transcripts of not-so-flattering text conversations he had with both UFC and Quebec officials in the immediate aftermath of the UFC 158 weigh-ins. Newton, Rickels take tourney crowns. Light heavyweight Emanuel Newton and lightweight David Rickels emerged victorious in their respective season eight tournament finals on the main card of Bellator 94. Both fighters earned $100,000 grand prizes and automatic title shots for their work. UFC 162 bookings. Two high-profile featherweight bouts — Frankie Edgar vs Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver — have been added to the fight card of UFC 162. Lamas favored over ‘Zombie.’ Once again, the Korean Zombie is an underdog. According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, Ricardo Lamas opened as a -184 favorite over Chan Sung Jung (+156) ahead of UFC 162’s clash of top featherweight contenders. UFC roster cuts. Four losing fighters from UFC 157 — Josh Neer, Caros Fodor, Jon Manley and Brock Jardine — have been released from the UFC. Bowles is back. After sitting out for over a year, former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles is finally slated to make his return against George Roop at UFC 160. Bowles last competed in November 2011, losing to Urijah Faber via second-round guillotine in a UFC title eliminator. Velasquez talks Fox. Said UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez about transgender mixed martial artist Fallox Fox: I don’t think she should be able to fight women. Having the same bone structure and everything else as a man, I think definitely does give her an advantage. MEDIA STEW He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He’s not easy to catch. I think his jiu-jitsu is really underrated. — Jake Shields, evaluating Michael Bisping. Now this is pretty cool. I won’t spoil the end, but check out Georges St-Pierre competing against Leo Santos back at 2005’s ADCC no-gi tournament. And yes, Santos is fighting on this season of TUF Brazil 2. (HT: MiddleEasy) Speaking of which, check out the first trailer for an upcoming documentary by Kalheem Poole-Tejada: This is Jiu-Jitsu. Just in case you’d forgotten how ruthless Cyborg is, Tito and her released this video reminder. Today’s KO Special comes to us all the way from Baghdad. Best part of this behind-the-scenes look at Johny Hendricks: 2:50 to 3:13. Absolutely adorable. ON THE MEND Thank you all for your support, Andrei is currently recovering from surgery and is doing well. See Arlovski.com for updates! #MMA ”” Andrei Arlovski (@AndreiArlovski) March 26, 2013 TITLE TALK @mikechandlermma @bellatormma you gonna offer to fight them both in the same night like I [email protected] ”” Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 29, 2013 @mikechandlermma @bellatormma @bjornrebney and with one arm tied behind your…

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