Chael Sonnen’s Coach Appeals Anderson Silva Loss Following Downed Knee

Former two-time UFC middleweight title contender, Chael Sonnen will be appealing his UFC 148 second round TKO loss to Anderson Silva this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, following the knee thrown towards a downed opponent.

Scott McQuarry, a coach of Chael Sonnen, appears to be filing an appeal on the trash-talkers behalf:

“Chael’s not the kind of guy who likes to complain after a fight. 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.”

“I think it did make a difference in the outcome. 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.”

The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, replied:

“Anybody can file an appeal, but as you know, the referee’s decision is final. 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.”

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