Sonnen Calls Knee to The Face Fair Play | UFC NEWS
On a recent airing of UFC Tonight, middleweight contender Chael Sonnen discussed his UFC 148 title fight, admitting the controversial Anderson Silva knee did in fact hit him in the face. However, he does not “dispute the result”.
“The knee got me in the face … and when he hit me with it I remember thinking for an instant, ‘oh, ref’s going to step in and probably take a point or do something,’” Sonnen carefully explained. “But this is not my message, I want to pick my words very carefully. This is not my message to say this. The knee landed where the knee landed. The result is the same, and I do not dispute the result.”
“I would never appeal a loss. The referee’s decision is final. Those are the rules that I agreed to prior to the event. I agreed to play by certain rules, and that’s one of them. So no, I would not (appeal) it. The knee is not illegal. The knee hit me in the face, you can’t knee a guy in the face, I understand that argument. But please understand, that is superseded by, it’s a referee’s judgment call, and when he makes the call, we don’t do instant replay. I don’t want this sport to have instant replay. And I don’t want anyone to shed a tear for me. I have done plenty of things in the ring in the heat of the moment, and if one goes against me, that’s fair play in my opinion.”
If the referee had ruled the knee as illegal, do you think we’d be talking about a different middleweight champion than “The Spider” Silva?