While Chael Sonnen (Pictured) didn’t seem bothered by the alleged illegal knee middleweight king Anderson Silva unleashed on him at UFC 148, Sonnen’s head trainer is submitting an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the vicious strike that lead directly to his client’s defeat.
“Chael’s not the kind of guy who likes to complain after a fight,” Scott McQuarry told BleacherReport. “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.”
After planting Silva on his back for the entire opening round, Sonnen’s early takedown attempts were thwarted in the second stanza. The challenger then inexplicably attempted a spinning backfist. Unfortunately for Sonnen, he hit nothing but air and found himself on his behind.
Silva immediately landed what initially appeared to be a knee to his archenemy’s head while Sonnen was still on the mat, which is against the rules. Although, on replay it seemed to connect right in the middle of Sonnen’s chest. McQuarry clearly disagrees.
“I think it did make a difference in the outcome,” McQuarry added. “I know that Chael grabbed Silva’s shorts briefly too in response, but not for 15 seconds and two punches.
“They need to call the UFC. We need a rematch. Chael is a great champion and deserves a fair fight.”
During the post-fight press conference, Sonnen appeared to come to terms with the defeat and didn’t complain about the knee.
“I don’t make those decisions and I hate those rules anyway,” Sonnen said of the vicious shot. “I’m an old school guy … I don’t care about legal or illegal. I could see him, I could see it coming. That’s just the way it goes.”
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer doesn’t believe anything will come of McQuarry’s protest.
“Anybody can file an appeal, but as you know, the referee’s decision is final,” Kizer told MMAJunkie. “He’s the sole determiner that the knee was a lawful strike, and then he stopped the fight thereafter after the additional strikes. I don’t know what the legal basis would be.”