This past weekend’s title-fight between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen was not without its share of controversy including the title-holder getting overly aggressive at the weigh-ins and a stiff knee in their fight some felt was illegally thrown. Nevada Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer recently addressed both issues, issuing a firm warning to Silva for his behavior and shrugging off the notion of an appeal pertaining to the questionable strike.
“I told him if you ever do anything like that again you will not be invited to fight in Nevada again,” said Kizer to MMAFighting when asked about his conversation with Silva after the Brazilian clocked Sonnen with a shoulder-shot during their staredown at last week’s weigh-ins. It also appears Kizer considered fining Silva for his antics but decided against it based in large part on Sonnen being okay with the contact.
“Chael willing to forgive Anderson went a long way with me and the chairman. He was very honorable, perhaps more than he needed to be, towards Anderson,” explained Kizer.
As far as the knee, despite Sonnen absorbing the shot while on the ground, Kizer stated Sonnen’s camp would have a hard time arguing a case for the outcome to be overturned based on the complaint not falling within the NAC’s criteria for filing an appeal.
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