Nelson Suspended Nine Months
Longtime UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson was been suspended from MMA for nine months by the Brazilian Superior Justice Court. This punishment stems from an incident where Nelson kicked longtime referee John McCarthy following his most recent win over Antonio Silva in Brasilia, Brazil. After McCarthy stopped the fight, Nelson pushed McCarthy with his foot out of frustration that the fight was allowed to proceed too long.
After the bout, Nelson expressed that he considered Silva a friend and was very upset that McCarthy did not stop the fight earlier. In his post-fight interview, Nelson said:
“It was a push, It was more like ‘dude come on’ and then we had a conversation in the cage and I was like, ‘dude, he was knocked out,’ and he said ‘no, he wasn’t.’ I know what a knockout is, that’s what I do for a living, I know what a knockout is.”
The Brazilian Court was somewhat lenient with Nelson by handing him a nine-month suspension along with a $24,000 fine, The maximum penalty could have been a 25-month suspension and a $40,000 fine.
The punishment could be shortened if Nelson were to formally apologize to McCarthy at an official UFC event, such as a fight or a press conference. This would shorten the suspension to six months and the fine to $13,700. The suspension in backdated to the day the incident happened, which was September 29.