It was a controversial loss for Zingano, who was nailed in the eye with Anderson’s toe as the fighter threw a head kick, which lead to the fight ending sequence a few moments later.
Zingano has now filed an appeal with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to have the TKO loss overturned to a no contest.
You can view the appeal filed by Zingano by clicking here.
The fighter says in the statement that a toe to the eye, which is currently not illegal in MMA, should be considered the same as a finger to the eye and the such in her appeal:
“The language of the Unified Rules regarding eye gouging is non exhaustive and the examples listed, namely ‘eye gouging by means of fingers, chin, or elbow,’ are not meant as the only methods by which a foul may occur. First, the language is plainly open ended, beginning with ‘eye gouging of any kind.…’ Had the Unified Rules intended to limit this foul to only the examples that followed and exclude toes from this foul, this rule would have been written with limiting language such as, ‘only eye gouging by means of fingers, chin, or elbow is illegal’ and omit the words ‘of any kind.’ Additionally, had this rule been meant to limit this foul to only the examples that followed and exclude toes, then by the same logic, a thumb to the eye would not be foul as the rule merely mentions fingers, not thumbs.”
There is no word yet on when the CSAC will hear Zingano’s case or when a ruling will get made.