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Keith Kizer addresses fallout from Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen scrap

This past weekend’s title-fight between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen was not without its share of controversy including the title-holder getting overly aggressive at the weigh-ins and a stiff knee in their fight some felt was illegally thrown. Nevada Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer recently addressed both issues, issuing a firm warning to Silva for his behavior and shrugging off the notion of an appeal pertaining to the questionable strike.

“I told him if you ever do anything like that again you will not be invited to fight in Nevada again,” said Kizer to MMAFighting when asked about his conversation with Silva after the Brazilian clocked Sonnen with a shoulder-shot during their staredown at last week’s weigh-ins. It also appears Kizer considered fining Silva for his antics but decided against it based in large part on Sonnen being okay with the contact.

“Chael willing to forgive Anderson went a long way with me and the chairman. He was very honorable, perhaps more than he needed to be, towards Anderson,” explained Kizer.

As far as the knee, despite Sonnen absorbing the shot while on the ground, Kizer stated Sonnen’s camp would have a hard time arguing a case for the outcome to be overturned based on the complaint not falling within the NAC’s criteria for filing an appeal.


  • Lord Faust says:

    Kizer is aware that Anderson wanted to fight in Brazil, right? Sounds like threatening to fire an employee who quit.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I understand Kizer has to make some sort of statement in regards to the shoulder check during the weigh in BUT if you think he’d actually go after the fighter responsible for the highest grossing MMA gate in his jurisdiction then your crazy… actions speak louder then words and he is NOT taking action because as much as he says “…ever do anything like that again you will not be invited to fight in Nevada again” Hey Kizer at this stage in his career you think he needs to be fighting in Vegas…? For the handful of fights he has left in the tank I’m sure he will be welcomed with open arms to any other commissions territory.

    And as far as all the other “controversial”, “illegal” or “cheating” items that everybody on the web keeps beating to death….. gimme a break. Sonnen lost that fight because he can’t finish Silva.
    Who throws an off balance spinning back fist against one of the greatest strikers ever?
    So go ahead deduct that point for the shorts grab… doesn’t change the out come because Silva finished the fight when in a dominant position.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Careful what you wish for, Kizer.

    An overly dramatic & very silly response, which I suppose shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with this guy’s track record.

  • Angry Mike says:

    He had to make a stink about it. If he doesn’t, then every knucklehead in every org. will think he can act like an idiot in a Nevada fight without any repercussions. Kizer and the Commission have more to worry about than just Silva.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Yeah, they have to make sure they don’t make Floyd Mayweather mad. Everything else, they write their own rules.

    “You were high in the cage… I mean before, in training… I mean, uhhh, it probably helped you. You know what, fuck you, we’re fining and suspending you anyway. Why can’t you roll over, like Overeem!”

  • Richard Stabone says:

    There won’t be any repercussions for Silva from NSAC, other than Kizer’s empty words.

    There will continue to be the occassional physical altercation at weigh-ins. It’s happened plenty of times on NSAC’s watch, without the dramatics from Kizer.

    Trying to lump in the other trivial stuff like the knee perhaps being *intended* as illegal even though it landed clean… or having some extra grease wiped off before the bell… blah blah blah.

    But to top it off by using the word *honorable* to describe Chael’s behavior towards Sonnen… that’s just brilliantly out of touch with reality. All that shoulder at the weigh-in did was cap off the hype Chael so brilliantly carried on by himself for so long, swaying a few more peeps to buy the PPV, and putting some more $$ in Chael and Anderson’s pocket for their cut of the PPV revenue. Anderson was simply playing along with Chael’s game at that point. In other words, as has been the case ever since Chael starting calling out Silva two years ago, even when Chael loses he wins. He’s brilliant. But honorable towards Silva? Heh heh… Kizer aint the most astute fellow.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Chael’s behavior towards Silva… meant to say

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Chael’s the NSAC’s spokes person for TRT and how to best use it and how to not use it, Kizer isn’t going to throw his employee under the bus.

  • madheartmma says:

    Whatever Keith. You ain’t doing sh*t to anyone unless their last name
    Is Diaz. Who won rounds 1-2-5


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