The fighter, who was allegedly playing possum before referee Kevin MacDonald stopped the bout, is planning on filing an appeal to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation according to MMA Fighting.
Tiago Okamura, who is Cutelaba’s representative, must first be licensed as a manager in the state of Virginia before the appeal can be filed and Okamura has already applied for that license.
MMA Fighting also reports that the athletic commission will first review the tape of the controversial fight to see if there is anything deemed worthy enough to file an appeal over and if there is, an appeal will be heard by the commission. If the athletic commission doesn’t side with Cutelaba, a final move can be made by the fighter and his representative to file another appeal with the state court.
Athletic commission spokesperson Mary Broz-Vaughan also told MMA Fighting that a fight result hasn’t be changed on an appeal in the state of Virginia in over two decades.