LAS VEGAS – The extra time Yoel Romero got between the second and third rounds of his bout with Tim Kennedy will not go without protest.
Kennedy co-manager Nick Palmisciano told MMAjunkie he plans to appeal the fight’s official result, a third-round TKO for Romero on the main card of Saturday’s UFC 178.
“The guy couldn’t answer the bell,” Palmisciano wrote via text. “And he admitted in the interview he couldn’t get up. Pretty sure that’s a DQ.”
In fact, it is considered a TKO when a fighter cannot answer the bell for the next round after a requisite one-minute break. However, a total of 37 seconds elapsed between the “seconds out” warning given by the timekeeper with the overseeing Nevada State Athletic Commission and the start of the third round in Kennedy vs. Romero.
The total time in between the second and third round, meanwhile, was just short of 90 seconds.
In a separate text to MMAjunkie, Kennedy wrote, “I’m super disappointed and pissed. In all my years in the sport I have never seen such a blatant cheat.”