Jon Jones’ appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to overturn referee Steve Mazagatti’s decision in his bout against Matt Hamill earlier this month has been denied. The NSAC stated that they don’t overturn decisions and decided against ruling on the appeal.
Heavy.com confirmed the news with Jason Genet, the manager of Jones, Shane Carwin and other fighters.
Jones was disqualified after landing two illegal downward elbows that forced Mazagatti to stop the bout. Hamill was not able to continue because of a shoulder injury, and the bout was called off. But for the first time in Nevada history, Mazagatti utilized instant replay and, upon noting the illegal elbows, disqualified Jones and awarded the victory to Hamill.
Jones filed the appeal because Hamill wasn’t able to continue the fight due to a shoulder injury and not the illegal elbows.