Roy Nelson issued a statement on Friday, apologizing for kicking referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy after his KO win over Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasília, Brazil back in September. Reading from a paper, Nelson apologized for his actions:
“First I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport,” Nelson told a group of reporters in Las Vegas. “To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight.
“My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans.”
You can watch him read it at this link.
Last month, the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA suspended Nelson (22-13) for nine months and fined him $24,000 for the incident. They offered him a reduced punishment of a six-month suspension and a $13,700 fine if he formally apologized to McCarthy inside the Octagon or during some form of press conference (which is what this was). He had to issue the apology before Dec. 31, 2016.
The Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA will evaluate Nelson’s apology to see if it met their requires to lessen his suspension.
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H/t to MMAFighting.com for the quotes.