Chael Sonnen's head trainer Scott McQuarry said earlier today that he did not think an appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission would be successful, but that he planned instead to appeal to the fans and to UFC President Dana White for a rematch, and exhorted fans to do the same.
There are a limited number of circumstances under which appeals can be made, like a clerical error in scoring tabulation, a failed drug test, bribing of an official, or a referee failing to understand a rule. While Anderson Silva landed a solid knee on a grounded Chael Sonnen, referee Yves Lavigne knew a knee to the face of a grounded opponent was prohibited, and ruled that that is not in fact what took place; thus there is no grounds for appeal.
However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer is upset with the middleweight champion.
Kizer said that he spoke to both Sonnen and Silva about Silva's shoulder strike at Friday's weigh-ins following Saturday night's title fight. Kizer, who stated he was "very unhappy with Anderson" due to his actions, said that Sonnen told him and NSAC chairman Skip Avansino following the fight that he didn't believe Silva should be fined for the strike, and, after talking to Silva, Kizer said the commission took Sonnen's recommendation to heart and decided against fining Silva.
"Chael willing to forgive Anderson went a long way with me and the chairman," Kizer said. "He was very honorable, perhaps more than he needed to be, towards Anderson."
"I told (Silva) if you ever do anything like that again you will not be invited to fight in Nevada again."
As for Silva rubbing Vaseline off his face and onto his body before the fight, Kizer said he noticed Silva has done that in the past but admitted this time it was "more blatant that we expected." He said UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta pointed it out to him before the fight and referee Yves Lavigne was quick to wipe off the middleweight champion before round one.
Kizer added that, "if the next few Anderson Silva fights don't happen in Nevada, it won't bother me in the least."
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Further, although it took some prodding, Silva eventually apologized for the shoulder bump infraction.
"Anderson had some very lame excuse initially about, 'Oh, well, Chael put his head down at the beginning of that,'" Kizer recounted. "I'm like, 'C'mon, that's silly.' And then he said, 'Well, I'm upset about what he said about my wife.' I said, 'Look, I understand that, but that's not an excuse for doing what you did. It's inexcusable what you did.'
"The chairman pointed out that he should be above that, that this was a very unprofessional thing to do. [Silva] wasn't very happy with us pointing that out to him, but he understood. I finally had to say to him, 'Look, if you ever, despite your previous record with us as a good licensee, if you ever do anything like this again, that's it for you in Nevada. You'll be fighting your fights elsewhere.'
"I think that got to him. Then he let down his guard and apologized and said he shouldn't have done that, and was angry about Chael's comments about his wife."
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