Sonnen announced Tuesday that he will not appeal his UFC
148 loss to middleweight champion Anderson
The two-time title challenger revealed his decision after the UFC
on Fuel TV 4 weigh-ins this afternoon on the Fox-owned cable
station. Sonnen fell to Silva last Saturday in their highly
anticipated rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,
succumbing to strikes in the second round.
The announcement contrasts a Monday report in which Sonnen’s coach,
McQuarry, was quoted as saying he hoped to secure a rematch by
appealing to the Nevada Athletic Commission. McQuarry cited two
minor infractions committed by Silva, the first of which occurred
before the bout began when the middleweight ace touched his face --
the lone portion of a fighter’s body allowed to be coated in
Vaseline -- and then rubbed his arms and torso. Referee Yves
Lavigne noticed the action and toweled “The Spider” off before the
start of the contest.
McQuarry also noted that the champion held Sonnen’s shorts during
an exchange prior to the finish in round two, but his main point of
contention was a knee landed by the champion after Sonnen lost his
balance when attempting a spinning back-elbow.
While the knee appeared to be an illegal blow to Sonnen’s head at
first glance, Lavigne deemed it legal and was later validated by
the post-fight replay, which showed the point of Silva’s knee
connecting with Sonnen’s sternum, though the champion’s thigh
appeared to make contact with the challenger’s face. Regardless,
Sonnen says that Lavigne’s call should stand.
“The knee really hurt. All the shots really hurt. Here’s the
reality: we don’t do instant replay in this sport, and we
shouldn’t. It comes down to a judgment call, and wherever the
referee says the knee landed officially, that is where the knee
landed. That is an excellent official, as they all are. He made his
call, and I will never complain and look back,” Sonnen explained.
“The referee’s judgment is what stands. I trust in that, and it
works both ways. The referee makes the decision... and we live with
it. We would never go and appeal. It’s real easy to win... [but]
part of competing is [knowing] how to lose. You have to man up,
swallow it and walk out.”
It is currently unclear what the future holds for Sonnen, though
retirement rumors have circulated since his second defeat to Silva.
According to Sonnen, however, he will take his time before deciding
the next step in his professional career.
“I don’t think any athlete should even begin to talk [about
retirement] or even think like that until you let 30 days go by. In
anything in life, you don’t want to make decision based on emotion.
You have very big highs and very big lows in this sport. You don’t
want to make any drastic decisions,” said the Team Quest fighter.
“I think it’s an insult to the fans when guys just say ‘I retired,’
when they really mean, ‘I will see everybody in 18 months, because
I am coming back.’ When I get to that point in my career, I will
make the statement and I’ll never look back.”