After Roy Nelson landed a flush uppercut on Bigfoot Silva’s relatively suspect chin, he had to follow up with no less than five heavy fists to Silva, who was unable to defend himself and was taking the shots clean. These weren’t necessarily quick punches that would send a ref scrambling to break up the fight, they were devastating slams of fist into chin. With multiple views, you can see that Bigfoot was stunned, and unable to do anything after say, punch three.
And so, Roy Nelson kick-shoved Big John McCarthy, who he already has beef with due to some questionable clinch breakups at UFC 200, and flipped him off. This is not wise. In fact, Jason High was banned from the UFC in 2014 after shoving a ref out of the way after an early stoppage. These poor refs can’t win. At least Nelson kinda sorta apologized at the post-fight presser (h/t MMA Fighting)
“It was a push. It was more of like, ‘dude, come on.’ Then we had a conversation in the cage. I was like, ‘Dude, he was knocked out.’ And [McCarthy] was like, ‘No, he wasn’t.’ And I’m like, dude, I know what a knockout is. I knock people out. That’s what I do for a living.
I apologize to Big John, but I wouldn’t take it back. It just hurt me, that I’ve got to keep on hitting a guy that doesn’t need to be hit.”
Nelson then took to Twitter to make things somewhat right:
Of course, Roy made his feelings abundantly clear after the fight with a single finger.
(Via Bleacher Report)