Roy Nelson will reportedly face Brazilian sports court over ref kick
UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson knocked his friend Antonio Silva down with a clean punch on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 95, and felt the fight was over – that Bigfoot could no longer intelligently defend himself. Referee John McCarthy, the most experienced official in the sport’s history, determined that the fight could continue.
Nelson threw several more punches and it was stopped. An infuriated Nelson then kicked McCarthy in the butt, not in an attempt to hurt him, but as an expression of frustration. Nelson then walked away and flipped off the Dean of MMA refs.
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It is not acceptable conduct in any sport; Nelson offered a qualified apology.
“It’s like a cop beating the s*** out of somebody,” said Nelson. “It’s like, dude, enough’s enough. It hurt my feelings. I apologized to ‘Big’ John, but I wouldn’t take it back. It just hurt me that I had to keep on hitting a guy that didn’t need to be hit.”
UFC general manager of Brazil Giovani Decker said it was up to the regulating commission, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), to administer any punishment. CABMMA director Cristiano Sampaio reportedly said Roy Nelson was subject to punishment if McCarthy filed a complaint.
However, Sampaio has now informed Steven Marrocco for MMAjunkie that the case will be taken up by Brazil’s Superior Justice Court of Sport, which handles judicial questions pertaining to sports in Brazil.
“Even though CABMMA understands Roy Nelson’s ‘frustration’ in that situation due to his close relationship with his opponent, that does not justify his act and can open a serious and dangerous precedent in the sport,” wrote Sampaio. “We, as the regulation body of MMA in Brazil and member of the Association of Boxing Commissions, will not tolerate such conduct.
“All the licensed professionals involved have to act accordingly, respecting the rules, commission, promoter and fans, where unsportsmanlike behavior will be subject to fines and suspensions.”
Sampaio said that several members of the court were watching the fight, and that, “CABMMA does not have to file a legal complaint; it’s [the court’s] duty to start an immediate investigation.”