Remember when Caio Magalhaes spat blood on Josh Samman after he was submitted in the first round back the TUF 21 Finale in July? Well, the Nevada Athletic Commission did not take kindly to that, handing "Hellboy" a six-month suspension stretching back to the date of the incident, the TUF 21 Finale in July. Plus, he will also have to fulfill 40 hours of community work as Combate reported.
Caio could not be present at the hearing because he was still healing from the fight, but he did participate over the phone.
"I had injuries that needed surgery after my last fight, and I'm still recuperating, not to mention the cost of the trip, so I couldn't be present.", he explained during the phone call.
Referee "Big" John McCarthy, who was responsible for calling the bout, was also present to give his version of the story to the Commission.
"Josh Samman told me, still inside the locker room, that he was concerned because Caio sometimes does things he considers dirty. I told him to relax because I was in charge...
"As soon as the fight was over, I separated them. You can see I separated Caio from Josh to make sure he was okay. Josh came over and reached his hand and Caio reached his back, but ended up turning, spitting and blowing his nose on Josh at the same time. Most of the blood actually hit me, which was not a problem. I have very bad Portuguese, but I told him that it was not good. Samman's corner got very angry so I ended up talking to Bob Bennett, NAC's director, at the end of the night."
In his defense, Caio apologized and claimed he did it due to the frustration from losing the fight.
"I was very tired, defeated and frustrated and I behaved absurdly. I didn't think, but I realized what I did right then. My opponent accepted my apologies still inside the Octagon. I don't want to justify it, I just want to apologize. Today, I'd like to apologize to everyone else, especially to referee ‘Big John', who is someone I really respect in this sport. I would also like to apologize to the Commission and my UFC partners. I never intended to disrespect the sport as a man or as an athlete. I fight since 2009 and have been in the UFC since 2012, and I never had any problem like this before."
Furthermore, Magalhaes also claimed he had dinner with Samman afterwards. Samman denied that he and Magalhaes ever ate together, but stated that he would prefer to see Caio fined rather than away from the Octagon.
"It's not in my best interest to see him suspended. I'd have liked to have seen a fine with maybe John McCarthy and myself seeing some of that money, but keeping him out of the cage doesn't do us any good. He has had some questionable behavior in the past though, striking both Zachrich and Smith in the back of the head, so it's hard to feel bad for him. I didn't follow along the hearing besides on Twitter, so I'm not sure if what he was saying was lost in translation, but we did not have dinner. I was eating a couple of hours after the fight backstage and he apologized again. He seemed sincere."