The coach of UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen had planned to file an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) claiming that champion Anderson Silva hit Sonnen in the face with his thigh -- an illegal strike -- and referee Yves Lavigne should have stopped the fight. After talking to NSAC officials, the coach has abandoned the plan and instead is going to appeal to UFC fans and Dana White for a rematch.
For his part Sonnen's manager Mike Roberts told MMA Junkie that he knew nothing of any planned appeal and said, "somebody is making it up."
Jonathan Snowden spoke to Sonnen's head trainer Scott McQuarry and we've got McQuarry's comments after the jump.
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"Chael's not the kind of guy who likes to complain after a fight. I felt I needed to take this action to protect him. At the point of impact, Anderson had his hand locked in the cage and his feet left the ground. We believe his intentions were clear.
"We started the process of filing a complaint with the Nevada Athletic Commission. We believe the knee that Anderson Silva threw was illegal with the clear intent to strike the face. And it did in fact connect with the face. Chael bit his tongue and needed eight stitches.
"What I'm going to do is change my tactic. We're going to ask for a rematch. We deserve a rematch. If the only way Anderson Silva can win is by cheating, we need to keep a closer eye on Silva before and during a fight. And we need a rematch now. Legal knee or illegal knee, there's enough doubt with all the fouls to warrant a rematch."
McQuarry is probably right to abandon his plans to appeal the decision. The NSAC didn't even consider overturning the terrible judges' decision in Manny Pacquiao's "loss" to Timothy Bradley last month. Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champ B.J. Penn infamously appealed his loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94 due to what Penn considered illegal greasing of GSP by his cornerman Phil Nurse. The incident was so egregious that an NSAC official came into the cage to towel GSP off and yet Penn's appeal still went nowhere.