Trey Ogden is sure he won against Nikolas Motta at UFC Fight Night 232. With this, “Samurai Ghost” wants UFC to pay him the full winning price, stressing he would be crowned the winner if referee Mike Beltran didn’t commit a blunder that night.
To recall, the issue started in the third round of the lightweight preliminary bout between the two fighters when Ogden performed an arm-triangle choke on his opponent. While still mounting Motta and his arm around the fighter’s neck, Beltran asked Motta to react or give him a signal. The fighter was still fighting the choke by then, but the Beltran stopped the bout. The stoppage left Motta with rage, and Ogden immediately celebrated, thinking he had won.
However, after some moments, it was announced that the fight was overturned into a no contest, much to the dismay of both parties. This translates to an unfavorable record for both fighters and half a paycheck.
Ogden doesn’t think he deserves this, especially after dominating the entire bout. According to the scorecards shared by the UFC, the fighter indeed dominated Motta, which could translate to a unanimous decision. With all that, Ogden calls the attention of the UFC to give him the whole purse.
I’m no stranger to adversity, but this one hurts,” said Ogden during the UFC Fight Night 232 post-fight news conference. “I mean, records are records, numbers are numbers, but I really hope I get my win purse because I deserve it. And I won all three rounds.”
“There’s a tremendous amount of sacrifice that goes into this game and the sport for me and my family and financial sacrifice,” Ogden continued. “I did nothing wrong. I did my job. I fought as hard as I could. It was an exciting fight. It was a tough fight, and I won.”
Ogden is not the only UFC fighter who faced issues with a referee in recent UFC events. At UFC 295, fans and fellow fighters also pointed out the early stoppage by referee Marc Goddard in the fight between Jiří Procházka and Alex Pereira. After Goddard intervened, the latter won the bout, but some believe the referee could have allowed the fight to continue as Denisa could still be seen fighting. However, Procházka said that “Marc Goddard was right.”