UFC heavyweight fighter Roy “Big Country” Nelson is known for a few things — his beer belly, his grizzled beard, and his knock out power. Naturally, these things have endeared him to fans everywhere.
When he landed a huge uppercut to the chin of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 on Saturday night, he know the fight was over. Unfortunately, referee “Big”John McCarthy didn’t agree. Nelson punished a dazed Silva with five more heavy shots before McCarthy finally stepped in the call the fight. Nelson was left wondering what took so long, and he circled around to give the ref a boot for his tardiness.
After the fight, Nelson tried to explain himself.
“It was a push,” Nelson said, according to MMAfighting.com. “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 know what a knockout is. Just because the guy didn’t roll his eyes into the back of his head, or shake, or whatever … it was just one of those things.”
Both the UFC and the Brazilian athletic commission have stated that they have no plans to punish Nelson for the incident, although that could change if McCarthy files an official complaint. Nelson made a half-hearted apology for his heat of the moment actions.
“I didn’t want to hurt ‘Bigfoot’ more than I had to,” Nelson said. “And I got taken by the moment, because it’s like I’m beating the s–t out of somebody and you’re like, dude, enough is enough. And for me, it hurt my feelings. And 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.”
We guess it’s nice that Nelson didn’t want to hurt Silva any more than necessary to win the fight, but it’s still pretty bad to attack the officials in any way, even if a push with a foot is barely an attack at all.