REGINA -- The controversy before Mike Maurer's latest mixed-martial arts fight was nothing compared to the scene afterwards.
To a loud chorus of boos and vulgar screams inside a sold-out Regina Auditorium last night, the judging panel declared Maurer's two-round light heavyweight bout against Lethbridge's Chris Harker a draw.
"I thought I won," said an exhausted Maurer. "I controlled (the fight) standing up and on the ground."
Maurer's trainer Jeff Wiley was more blunt.
"It's (freaking) ridiculous," he barked.
"It's totally unfair."
But it was a different tune in Harker's corner.
"It's a very fair decision," said the 205-pounder scrapper. "I think we both fought hard."
Before the fight there was talk the Regina Police Service would stop the card because of questions surrounding whether the program was properly sanctioned. Instead, police officers were just innocent bystanders amongst a sold-out crowd of 1,400 people.
Maurer will not fight again until after the upcoming CFL season.