Sonnen's coach appealing Silva's win 0
Chael Sonnen's coach is planning to appeal middleweight champ Anderson Silva's win at UFC 148 in Las Vegas.
Scott McQuarry told MMAJunkie.com that Silva's second-round TKO of Sonnen was "an injustice" and will appeal the official result to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He says he's looking for a rematch between the two middleweight fighters.
"Obviously, there were minor infractions of grabbing shorts and greasing himself up," McQuarry said. "But the knee to the face ... I've looked at it from numerous angles. I can see where it hit his face. It did slide down to his chest. But that should be considered a no-contest."
The title bout was stopped by referee Yves Lavigne 1:55 into the second round after Silva nailed a downed Sonnen with a knee that appeared to catch him in the chest. A knee or a kick to the head of a downed opponent is illegal in the UFC.
McQuarry wants the NSAC to look into the legality of Silva's strike.
"It was pretty evident to me that there was intent on Anderson's part to do an illegal knee, and I think he was trying to get disqualified still," McQuary said. "I think Anderson's hope the whole time was that he would do an illegal thing, he would get disqualified, and then I don't know what his plan was after that. But to me, it was extremely blatant, and it was ignored by the referee and everybody else and swept under the rug."