“We are looking into the padding on the posts,” Parham told the committee. “There are no specifications on the post padding-The padding on the post only [requires] an ‘adequate’ [amount].”
Committee member Dr. Ivan Melendez concurred with fellow official Dr. Walter Lee’s opinion that the post in question was “the definitive culprit,” but vowed to remain objective with his interpretations.
“You have to take all things into consideration. He [Vasquez] did have head blows; he did hit his head on the mat; and he did hit his head on the post,” remarked Dr. Lee. “I can’t sit here and say that [Vasquez’s head striking the post] did it. I think it may have been a summation of the events that took place during the match.”
From Vasquez’s autopsy report, Dr. Melendez referenced the subdural hemorrhaging and the blunt force trauma Vasquez died of. He concluded that there was no way of definitively determining which blow received was the one that caused the fatal damage.
Parham later told Sherdog.com that the padding of cage posts would be explored in depth given Vasquez’s noticeable reaction after hitting his head in the first round. This would include a mandatory minimum amount of padding instituted. Current state law allows for TDLR to modify rules at their own discretion. Legal matters concerning the regulatory body, however, must be addressed through Texas’ state legislature, which convenes once every other year.