The Nevada State Athletic Commission is unlikely to take any action against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for striking UFC 148 opponent Chael Sonnen in the face with with his shoulder during the weigh-ins. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer met with both Sonnen and Silva after the incident. As reported by MMAJunkie, it appears that Kizer’s talk with Sonnen is the likely reason why Silva will not face punishment.
As per MMAJunkie:
“I talked to [Sonnen] and said look, ‘What’s your view? What’s your level of outrage, so to speak?’ And he was very forgiving,” Kizer said. “I’ve got to give him a lot of credit. He basically said to me that he wasn’t looking for any kind of serious discipline against Anderson, that he’d forgiven him. He wasn’t even sure if it was premeditated by Anderson. He was very gracious, very forgiving but I wanted to let him know. I said, ‘You’re the aggrieved party here. I want your input before the chairman makes a decision, here.’ His viewpoint was, ‘I’m not looking for you to discipline him or anything. If you want to do a small fine, that’s fine, but I wouldn’t even do any kind of fine. I said, ‘I appreciate your input, but it’s the chairman’s call. Your input is the most important of all.’”
NSAC Chairman Raymond “Skip” Avansino will have ultimate authority over the punishment and was present when Kizer met with both athletes.
When Avansino and Kizer met with Silva, he originally deflected the questions before Kizer called the champ on what he called a “silly” excuse. Silva then admitted that he was upset over the things that Chael said about his wife, with Kizer saying that was not a valid excuse. Per Kizer:
“Look, I understand that, but that’s not an excuse for doing what you did. It’s inexcusable what you did. The chairman [Avansino] pointed out that he should be above that, that this was a very unprofessional thing to do. [Silva] wasn’t very happy with us pointing that out to him, but he understood. I finally had to say to him, ‘Look, if you ever, despite your previous record with us as a good licensee, if you ever do anything like this again, that’s it for you in Nevada. You’ll be fighting your fights elsewhere.’ I think that got to him. Then he let down his guard and apologized and said he shouldn’t have done that, and was angry about Chael’s comments about his wife.”
The two fighters appeared to bury their feud after Sonnen was defeated by Silva last Saturday night. While it is unclear what is next for the former challenger or the champion, it appears that this saga is finally coming to a close.