Moffett had caught Skelly in a Brabo choke in the second round of their encounter, but referee Tim Mills waved the fight off, despite the fact that Skelly never tapped out or went unconscious in the choke.
Two years after that controversial encounter, a ruling has finally been made by the Colorado Office of Combative Sports and Colorado Combative Sports Commission to overturn Skelly’s submission loss to a no contest.
Skelly commented on the ruling via a series of posts on Twitter:
Here’s the end of the official letter I received. Thank you Tony Cummings and the Colorado Office of Combative Sports, for showing that the athletic commissions can work in the fighters best interest! #Appeal #Justice #UFC #Colorado pic.twitter.com/aeH9GtauJg— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) June 24, 2020
The commission decided to rule the bout a no contest due to the fact that there was no indication of a verbal or physical submission.
“Because there was no indication of a verbal or physical submission, nor any indication you were rendered unconscious, and that the referee’s mechanics contributed to the untimely stoppage of the bout, this bout will be overturned to a ‘no contest,” the commissions letter stated (via MMA Fighting). “The results of this appeal will be sent to the appropriate record keeping data bases for recording.”
There has been no comment from either Moffett or the UFC on the commissions ruling.