Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Chael Sonnen (not pictured) during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
There is plenty of discussion of controversy coming out of last weekend's big Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight in Las Vegas. So far, most of the discussion has been focused on Silva's knee to the downed Sonnen and whether or not that constituted a legal blow - a point Sonnen's team may contest. But that's hardly the only questionable moment of the fight. Pre-fight, Silva was clearly shown on camera wiping the vaseline from his face onto his body, which he has done before. During the fight, he was also warned for grabbing the shorts.
But perhaps the biggest moment has been lost in the shuffle a bit, and that is Silva's weigh-in shoulder strike to Sonnen. While it wasn't a vicious beating by any means, Silva did intentionally strike Sonnen in the face at the weigh-ins, which prompted some to question if the champion would be fined.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer has spoken up on all of these issues, making it clear that he is not happy with Silva.
I told him if you ever do anything like that again you will not be invited to fight in Nevada again... if the next few Anderson Silva fights don't happen in Nevada, it won't bother me in the least.
Despite these words, it looks like nothing will actually come of these issues. As Kizer explained to MMA Fighting, a fighter can appeal for one of four reasons:
1) Failed drug test.
2) Miscalculation of a scorecard.
3) Collusion (official paid off).
4) Referee misinterprets a rule (for example: allows soccer kick when soccer is illegal).
Silva's knee doesn't seem to fall into any of those categories, which means it will likely be dismissed. I guess Sonnen could argue that referee Yves Lavigne misunderstood the rules about knees to a downed opponent, but that seems like a stretch.
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As for the weigh-in incident, Kizer stated that Silva will not be fined - and the Spider has none other than Chael Sonnen to thank for that. Sonnen told Kizer that, in his opinion, Silva did not need to be fined, and that recomendation from Sonnen swayed Kizer.
So, ultimately, expect nothing to come of any of this. There won't be a fine, there likely won't be a successful challenge of the knee, and, despite Kizer's statements here, money talks and Silva will likely be fighting in Las Vegas whenever the UFC wants him to.