Nelson Apologizes for Kicking McCarthy
At a UFC event in Brazil back in September, Roy Nelson landed a knockout victory over Antonio Silva, but it was his post-match actions that got people talking.
Feeling that referee "Big" John McCarthy stopped the fight too late, which came after Nelson landed a few hard punches on the ground, Nelson gave the referee a push kick to display his anger. That earned Nelson a nine-month suspension and a $24,000 fine from the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA. The punishment, however, could be lowered to a six-month suspension and $13,700 fine if Nelson made a public apology at a UFC press conference or event, which is what Nelson did at the weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter season finale.
"First, I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport," Nelson said. "To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight. My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans."
No word has come in yet from the Brazilian commission if the apology was enough to allow the fine and suspension reduction.