There are countless reasons to love Fight Code, the first being that they are a group that began running events this year and decided to run parallel tournaments in the Kickboxing world's two most popular divisions; -72.5kg and -95kg, or Middleweight and Heavyweight respectively. The Dragons and Rhinos tournaments have been a success throughout the year, running co-promoted cards with local promoters and airing the Fight Code portions internationally. Over the weekend Fight Code held the Dragon Series' Final 8, but not without controversy.
Fight Code distributed a press release earlier in the afternoon explaining that French officials had decided to not allow full Fight Code rules just hours before the event was set to take place. There was an agreement on the general rules, but French officials would not allow for there to be an extension round, which was a part of the Fight Code tournament rules. Seeing as though all other fighters competing under the Fight Code tournaments were given the chance of redemption in an extension round if the fight was close, Fight Code officials ruled that the two tournament bouts that went to a close decision will stand as "Prestige" non-tournament fights. The four competitors must lace their gloves up again and compete to move on in the Fight Code tournament, which means that Xu Yan has another chance at Abdalleh Mabel and Armen Petrosyan will have another shot at Juri Besmerty.
Both fights were close, but due to there being no extension rounds the judges were forced to come to conclusions on the available fights. The logic behind this is sound and does indeed give two eliminated fighters a chance at redemption, but there are questions of if Armen Petrosyan was not involved in one of the decisions if this same conversation would be happening. Regardless of possible motives, it is a good move on Fight Code's behalf and fair. The two bouts will take place again on November 26th at Fight Code's Geneva event, home of the Rhinos Final 4.