Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- News Channel 5 is asking the Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts questions about a fighter who collapsed between rounds at RFA 14.
Junior Maranhão fell off of his stool after the 4th round of a flyweight title fight at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.
The total elapsed time of the incident from the time Maranhão fell off his stool to the time he was revived and placed back on his stool by his corner is about 9 seconds.
The time elapsed from when Maranhão first appears to pass out to the time he is revived is less than 5 seconds.
Once the ringside physician enters the ring he spent approximately 5.5 seconds in the ring and appeared only to speak with Maranhão's corner team and not on an examination of Maranhão's condition.
Maranhão was allowed to reenter the ring and fight for the fifth and final round of the title fight. Matt Manzanares defeated Maranhão by a split-decision.
The incident has become the object of much scorn from the Mixed Martial Arts community.
Many people are wondering why a fighter who was unconscious during a fight, whether it be during an active round or in between rounds, was allowed to continue.
The referee in charge of the action at the time was Tom Johnson, a Colorado based referee.
This is the statement released by the Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts:
Thank you for reaching out to the Board. As to your question regarding Mr. Maranhao, he was thoroughly examined by a licensed physician after he fell off his stool between the 4th and 5th round of the RFA event in Cheyenne on April 11. He was also examined by his corner men and the referee. All parties, including Mr. Maranhao, believed and stated unequivocally that Mr. Maranhao was medically safe to and capable of finishing the fight. In fact, he fought well in the last round and lost in a close split decision. He was examined by a licensed physician after the bout as well and again found to have no neurological or other medical issues of concern.
The Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts stands by our physicians and has the utmost confidence in their ability to assess the medical status of Wyoming contestants. Safety is the Board's number one priority and all necessary precautions were taken at the April 11 RFA event to ensure that Mr. Maranhao was safe to continue fighting.
Again, thank you for your interest in Wyoming MMA.
Wyoming State Mixed Martial Arts Commission