Video: Roy Nelson Elaborates On Kicking “Big” John After Late Stoppage At UFN 95

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After the UFC Fight Night 95 event in Brasilia, Brazil on Saturday night, UFC Heavyweight contender Roy “Big Country” Nelson spoke in a backstage interview among other things, about his decision to kick referee “Big” Joh…

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After the UFC Fight Night 95 event in Brasilia, Brazil on Saturday night, UFC Heavyweight contender Roy “Big Country” Nelson spoke in a backstage interview among other things, about his decision to kick referee “Big” John McCarthy in the butt after his second-round TKO of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Nelson, who said it was hard enough fighting a friend in Bigfoot Silva, spoke about being frustrated with “Big” John over the late stoppage in the fight.

“The referee just did a late stoppage,” said Nelson. “If I gotta do his job too, to stop the fight, because I had a big conversation with John [McCarthy] in the back about doing his job” said Neson, through a number of stutters, before closing by saying, “Bigfoot doesn’t need to take anymore blows to the face.”

For video highlights of the Nelson-Silva fight, click here. For video footage of Big Country kicking “Big” John McCarthy in the butt after the fight, click here.

For complete UFC Fight Night 95 results, click here.

Videos: UFC On FOX Crew Previews UFC Fight Night 96, UFC 204

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During the official UFC Fight Night 95 post-show on FOX Sports on Saturday night, the UFC On FOX crew took a closer look at the UFC’s next two events on the calendar.

Featured above is the breakdown of this coming wee…

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During the official UFC Fight Night 95 post-show on FOX Sports on Saturday night, the UFC On FOX crew took a closer look at the UFC’s next two events on the calendar.

Featured above is the breakdown of this coming weekend’s UFC Fight Night 96 event featuring John Lineker vs. John Dodson in the main event.

Below is the gang, which includes Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian and Yves Edwards, looking at the UFC 204 pay-per-view featuring Michael Bisping-Dan Henderson 2 for the UFC Middleweight Title.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Mirko CroCop 3 Announced For December 29th In Japan

It was announced during the broadcast of the Rizin FF 2 event in Tokyo, Japan this weekend that Wanderlei Silva vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic 3 is booked.

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It was announced during the broadcast of the Rizin FF 2 event in Tokyo, Japan this weekend that Wanderlei Silva vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic 3 is booked.

The highly-anticipated Silva-CroCop trilogy bout will take place in the quarterfinals of the Rizin FF World Grand Prix tournament, which kicked off at the Rizin FF 2 event this weekend.

In the opening round, CroCop defeated Hyun Man Myung via arm-triangle choke submission in the first round. Meanwhile, Silva received a “bye” in the first-round of the tourney.

The Rizin FF World Grand Prix tournament quarterfinals are scheduled to take place on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.

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Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett & Wanderlei Silva Involved In Altercation At Rizin Event

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One of the more infamous stories in MMA history dates back to the early PRIDE days where MMA legend Wanderlei Silva and MMA fighter Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett reportedly got into a backstage fight at a show in Japan.

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One of the more infamous stories in MMA history dates back to the early PRIDE days where MMA legend Wanderlei Silva and MMA fighter Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett reportedly got into a backstage fight at a show in Japan.

While that fight reportedly ended with Krazy Horse knocking out Wandy, video footage later surfaced showing him being choked out, in a separate incident, by Cristiano Marcello.

This weekend, history apparently repeated itself.

At the Rizin FF event in Japan this weekend, Bennett, who won his match on the show in spectacular fashion, called out “The Axe Murderer” in his post-fight interview (see above). Little did we know, this wasn’t their only interaction this weekend.

Video footage also surfaced showing Bennett and Silva getting into a verbal exchange at the hotel lobby ahead of the Rizin event in Tokyo this weekend. You can check out that video clip below.

Additionally, former UFC executive Campbell McClaren posted a photo of interaction that took place between Bennett and Silva backstage at the event itself this weekend. You can check out that photo below as well.

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Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett Puts on Performance for the Ages at Rizin FF 2

At Rizin Fighting Federation 2, Charles Bennett talked the talk, then walked the walk, then talked the talk some more. And when it was all done, he had singlehandedly fashioned one of the most memorable MMA performances in recent memory.
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At Rizin Fighting Federation 2, Charles Bennett talked the talk, then walked the walk, then talked the talk some more. And when it was all done, he had singlehandedly fashioned one of the most memorable MMA performances in recent memory.

The key highlights: a seven-second knockout win and a new chapter or three in “Krazy Horse” Bennett’s long-simmering feud with Wanderlei Silva.

Rizin 2, which took place in the famed Saitama Super Arena outside Tokyo and aired early Sunday morning on the East Coast, included a bout between the strange and flamboyant Krazy Horse and Minoru Kimura, a Silva protege making his pro MMA debut.

First, Bennett wore a T-shirt to the ring with the phrase “who needs an old axe” written on it in marker, in a clear reference to Silva, whose nickname is “The Axe Murderer.”

Kimura recklessly rushed forward and was rewarded with a straight punch to the face. Seconds later, Krazy Horse had the knockout and his 30th pro victory.

After the fight, Bennett took the mic and called out Silva, asking for $300,000 to make the fight happen.

“Candylei, I’m not going to even say it, but 300K,” Bennett said in the ring (h/t Danny Segura of MMA Fighting). “Candylei, for the record, you know what happened in 2005, and that’s why you’re still salty. That’s why you’re still trying to get some of this, but you can’t get none of this unless you put it on contract. You put it on contract, then you can get some and other than that, every time your big-steroid-head ass see me.”

Apparently that demand wasn’t such a hard-and-fast rule.

Before the bout, the two got into it in the Rizin hotel.

After Bennett’s win, longtime fight promoter Campbell McLaren tweeted a photo not long after that appeared to show Silva and Bennett in a backstage altercation.

It’s not the first time they’ve mixed it up outside the cage. Back in 2005, the two famously mixed it up, with Silva pal Cristiano Marcello choking Bennett unconscious—only for Bennett to regain consciousness and knock Silva out cold.

Ah, MMA.

It’s unclear when, or whether, these two might fight. Silva is now scheduled to face Mirko Cro Cop in the next round of Rizin‘s ongoing open-weight grand prix

What is clear is that Bennett is, while probably not overly stable, one of MMA’s most unabashed showmen. A grudge match between Krazy Horse and The Axe Murderer would surely move plenty of metaphorical units.

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Roy Nelson Apologizes For, but Doesn’t Regret, Kicking Referee After Fight

It will be interesting to see how this one unfolds. 
UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson, after winning his bout with Antonio Silva on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 95, grew frustrated with referee “Big” John McCarthy for what Nelson believed was a late stop…

It will be interesting to see how this one unfolds. 

UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson, after winning his bout with Antonio Silva on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 95, grew frustrated with referee “Big” John McCarthy for what Nelson believed was a late stoppage following his right-hand shot on Silva.

One of the ways he chose to express that frustration was to push-kick McCarthy in the backside from behind after the fight concluded.

Contact with referees is strictly verboten in more or less every sport, MMA included. In fact, in 2014 a ref shove earned lightweight Jason High his UFC release. 

Nelson explained afterward that he hadn’t wanted to hurt Silva—the two are friends away from the cage—any more than was necessary.

“It was a push,” Nelson said of the move at the post-fight press conference (h/t Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting). “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.”

A little farther removed from the heat of battle, Nelson apologized for his actions, but added that he didn’t regret making the move. 

“I apologize to Big John, but I wouldn’t take it back,” Nelson said at the presser. “It just hurt me, that I’ve got to keep on hitting a guy that doesn’t need to be hit.”

According to the MMA Fighting report, UFC officials indicated they would not take any disciplinary action against Nelson. It is uncertain what, if any, action will be taken by the Brazilian athletic commission that sanctioned the event, which took place in the federal capital of Brasilia.

Back in 2014, UFC president Dana White said of the High situation (via Sophia Helwani) that “if you touch the referee, [you are] done. …You don’t put your hands on the referee. Ever.”

Although the touch in question following the Nelson fight was a foot, not a hand, it’s probably reasonable to presume White was speaking figuratively, and that contacting a referee with a foot is similar to touching a referee with a hand.

Only, apparently, it isn’t. 

There was no immediate explanation from the UFC on why it viewed the Nelson incident differently from the High incident.

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