Mousasi wobbled Weidman with punches 20 seconds into the second round and later caused a timeout after kneeing Weidman in the head. The issue surrounded a pair of knees landed by Mousasi to the head of Weidman from the clinch.
Soon after, doctors ruled Weidman unfit to continue and called an end to the fight, which Weidman protested. But Mousasi smartly lifted up Weidman's torso to deliver the knees, which lifted up Weidman's hands simultaneously. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the match and declared the knees illegal, but changed his mind after seeing a replay that showed Weidman's hands lifting off the canvas with each impact.
Following a chaotic and controversial ending to his UFC 210 fight, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman will indeed file an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission.
"If you look at the way that fight was going, Mousasi was on his way to win that fight", said UFC President Dana White after the event.
"If he wants his rematch, I can give it to him but at the end of the day I'm chasing the title", Mousasi said. "That's not my fault". I know Gegard has to be pissed too. I would definitely do a rematch. Who else? All these guys I've defeated, and they're making more money than me. I wanted to continue.
Mousasi also believes he can supplant UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, both as a fighter and as a mouthpiece. "I thought I was going to win because of the illegal knee".
After what seemed like an eternity, Miragliotta's original ruling of illegal knees was reversed to legal, which meant the action should've resumed immediately. Both my hands were 100-percent down. You have five minutes.
Weidman controlled the opening round with his wrestling by taking Mousasi down three times and controlling him on the ground.
Mousasi's team approached him in celebration but were waved off abruptly. In the process, it has turned the talented contender into even more of a cult favorite than he was before he eschewed the "nice guy says nice things" approach in favor of just spitting the truth. Additionally, with the dubious victory, No. 7-ranked Mousasi fulfilled the terms of his current UFC deal and now enters free agency.
After an exchange where Weidman got the full mount and later, took the back of his opponent during the second round, Mousasi scrambled to his feet.