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Boudegzdame’s team question referee’s call following title loss to Bubba Jenkins at Brave 16

Elias Boudegzdame’s coach and brother wonders whether the outcome should have been different against Bubba Jenkins on Friday night.

Elias 'Smile' Boudegzdame at Brave 16, Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation.
Elias 'Smile' Boudegzdame at Brave 16, Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation.

Elias Boudegzadame’s La Bonne Ecole team have questioned the referee’s calls and point deduction in the Algerian’s title loss last weekend at Brave 16.

The first ever Brave title holder, Boudegzdame (15-5) shipped a unanimous decision defeat (50-44) after five hardy rounds with Brave newcomer, Bubba Jenkins (13-4). They contested the co-main event in Abu Dhabi this part Friday night.

Jenkins will be taking the Brave featherweight title back to the USA as a result.

While the Bahrain-based promotion were celebrating their two year anniversary on Sunday, La Bonne Ecole were left questioning some decisions made during the Friday’s five-rounder.

‘Smile’ had been flagged by the referee twice during the fight, including a point deduction for a knee with Jenkins downed.

The former champion claims to have connected with Jenkins’ shoulder, but the referee thought otherwise.

Watch: Was he out?

Boudegazdame’s coach and brother Amine outlined their feelings in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Out of the fight before the end

“The decision made by the referee could change the end of the fight yesterday!” said Amine Boudegzdame.

“After talking with referee and staff it is clear that the knee of Elias Boudegzdame did not touch the head of Bubba, but his shoulder.”

“It was a great fight but Bubba was out of the fight before the end.”

Elias Boudegzdame shoots for the double leg on Bubba Jenkins at Brave 16. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation

Elias Boudegzdame shoots for the double leg on Bubba Jenkins at Brave 16. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation

“We from the corner (sic) of Elias claimed the mistake but nothing happened. What do you think about that?”

“Should it be a no contest, rematch or just nothing”, questions the brother of the former champion in an open statement issued on Tuesday.

Did you get to see the fight yourself? Have your say in the comments below.

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