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Silva threatened with Nevada ban over antics

ESPN staff
July 10, 2012

Anderson Silva has been warned that he will never fight in Nevada again if he repeats the pre-fight conduct he showed against Chael Sonnen.

Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, threw a shoulder at Sonnen as the two fighters squared off following the weigh-in for their UFC 148 meeting in Las Vegas - a fight the Brazilian would go on to win with a second round technical knockout.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer subsequently revealed that the commission had investigated the incident, but Sonnen's willingness to forgive had actually helped the Brazilian to avoid punishment.

He will be banned from fighting in the state of Nevada if he ever repeats such conduct, however.

"I wanted to respect Chael's opinion," Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com. "He definitely doesn't need me to fight his battles. Hopefully, we'll never see anything like that again from Mr Silva."

Kizer added: "The [NSAC] chairman [Raymond 'Skip' 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, 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'."

Sonnen and Silva enjoy a tricky relationship, with Silva telling the NSAC that some of the American's comments about his wife in the build-up to the second fight had contributed to his weigh-in antics. However, Sonnen was not prepared to make a big deal of the incident - saving his foe from any recriminations.

Kizer recalled: "I talked to [Sonnen] and said look, 'What's your view? What's your level of outrage, so to speak?' He was very forgiving.

"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'."

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