Mixed Marital Artist on strike: Protesting results after a series of unaddressed fouls

Mixed Marital Artist Elisandra Ferreira is appealing her technical decision defeat against Anastasia Nikolakakos from last month after many alleged infractions her opponent committed during their bout.

On August 27 in Calgary, California, Ferreira and Nikolakakos competed for the Pallas Athena Women’s (PAWFC) 105-pound championship. Following an illegal knee to Ferreira’s head in Round 4, Nikolakakos was awarded a technical knock out victory.

Nikolakakos was not docked any points, and the knee to Ferreira was ruled to be unintentional. Ferreira would have won the bout by way of disqualification if the knee had been determined to be deliberate.

While the knee ended the bout, Ferreira is arguing that Nikolakakos should have had to face consequences for earlier fouls as well.

Ferreira posted a video compilation of alleged fouls from her contest against Nikolakakos two days later.

“Winning or losing is part of it, but playing dirty to get results is not! I hope the committee makes the right decision!” she added.

Ferreira recently argued for the verdict to be overturned in an interview

“I don’t know if she committed those fouls because she felt in danger. The headbutt was in the first round, when she took me down and I held her arm to maybe go for the armbar or do a hip escape.”

“She looked at me and headbutted me. I felt it go numb but they didn’t take any points away from her.”

“She came for the takedown in the third round and I defended it, going for the guillotine choke right away. I could hear her making noises like she was going to tap, and that’s when she stuck her fingers to my ribs. I yelled at the referee, but she took it out by the time he went there to check it, and I had lost pressure on the choke already.”

Ferreira added:

“She took me down early in round four and went to side control and kneed me in the head. There’s no way that was not intentional. I don’t know why she committed those fouls, but that’s three fouls and no points deducted.”

“You can see her committing the fouls in the video. In her interview after, she said mistakes happen. She didn’t apologize, she said like it was normal.”

In an effort to have the bout declared a no-contest, Ferreira and her crew have appealed to the Calgary Combative Sports Commission. She also requests that she and Nikolakakos face off again right away from PAWFC.