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Why was Joanderson Brito vs. Diego Lopes ruled a technical decision?

Why was Joanderson Brito vs. Diego Lopes ruled a technical decision?

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Here’s an explanation behind the unusual finish to Joanderson Brito vs. Diego Lopes on Dana White’s Contender Series.

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The highly-anticipated Dana White’s Contender Series bout between Diego Lopes and Joanderson Brito ended in an unusual fashion, with Brito earning a technical decision win after he unintentionally poked Lopes in the eye and severely impairing Lopes’ ability to continue.

A technical decision in MMA is when a fight goes into the third round or beyond, and is stopped by an unintentional foul by one of the fighters. In this case, the eye-poke occurred in Round 3 between Lopes and Brito, with referee Chris Tognoni deducting a point from Brito.

Brito would go on to win the fight, despite the point deduction, 29-28.

Why was Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling ruled a disqualification and not a technical decision?

Fans may be wondering why Lopes vs. Brito was ruled in such a manner, but Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling ended under similar but different circumstances. Officials determined that Yan landed an intentional knee to a downed Sterling in Round 4, resulting in Sterling earning the win and the UFC bantamweight title.

Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your Dana White Contender Series news and highlights. We’ll be cageside bringing you live updates, results and backstage interviews.

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