Chael Sonnen’s coach Scott McQuarry got in contact with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He discussed the knee that Silva threw while Sonnen was down against the cage and stated that it was thrown with bad intentions and did hit the face of Sonnen.
“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.”
However Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer informed him the complaint would almost certainly not result in the fight being declared a no contest.
This forced McQuarry to take a different route and now plans to ask the fans and UFC president Dana White for a rematch.
“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.”
In addition to the knee strike Silva was also caught rubbing Vaseline on his chest and arms at the start of the fight as well as being warned for grabbing shorts twice.
In McQuarry’s opinion the grabbing of the shorts and Vaseline had an effect on the outcome of the bout.
“I think it did make a difference in the outcome,” McQuarry said. “I know that Chael grabbed Silva’s shorts briefly too in response, but not for 15 seconds and two punches.”
McQuarry hopes that the fans will make their voices heard.
“They need to call the UFC. We need a rematch. Chael is a great champion and deserves a fair fight.”
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