In real time, Cro Cop hurt opponent
"We are going to appeal that. We don't think it's right that it should be a TKO," said Pavia. "The referee should have got onto the eye poke. Look at Henderson vs. Franklin at UFC 93 in Dublin. Franklin got a timeout when he got eye-poked."
"It's very simple," said Ratner. "By the unified rules ... first of all the referee didn't see the foul. What you're asking is can we go to instant replay. You're saying now that the fight's over, can you take a look at it? If the referee had seen the finger and stopped the fight immediately, he could have given a stop for five minutes to recover, and then if (Al-Turk) couldn't have gone on, it would have been a no-contest."
Ratner, who headed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) prior to current Executive Director
"In any sport, a judgment call cannot be overturned," he continued. "It's one of those things that happens, but nobody saw it around the Octagon until the replay."
A similar controversy occurred last July when
Pavia and Al-Turk were unavailable for comment at the time of publication.