At the start of the bout Silva was caught taking the Vaseline from his face and rubbing it on his chest and arms as well as being warned twice for grabbing Sonnen’s shorts. Also prior to the bout at the weigh-ins Silva struck Chael Sonnen with a shoulder strike.
It was a first for the UFC Middleweight Champion to act out this way and Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Keith Kizer wants to ensure its the last. Kizer commented to MMA Fighting on the situation.
“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.”
“Chael willing to forgive Anderson went a long way with me and the chairman,” he said. “He was very honorable, perhaps more than he needed to be, towards Anderson.”
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