Sonnen Says Knee Hit His Face, But Ref's Decision Is Final
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Chael Sonnen has been humble in defeat since losing to Anderson Silva last weekend at UFC 148 and although there has been some controversy regarding the knee the lead to the end of the fight, Sonnen himself says even though he feels the knee hit him in the face, he doesn_t have any issues with it:
"The knee got me in the face ... and when he hit me with it I remember thinking for an instant, _oh, ref_s going to step in and probably take a point or do something,_" Sonnen carefully explained. "But this is not my message, I want to pick my words very carefully. This is not my message to say this. The knee landed where the knee landed. The result is the same, and I do not dispute the result.
"I would never appeal a loss. The referee_s decision is final. Those are the rules that I agreed to prior to the event. I agreed to play by certain rules, and that_s one of them. So no, I would not (appeal) it. The knee is not illegal. The knee hit me in the face, you can_t knee a guy in the face, I understand that argument. But please understand, that is superseded by, it_s a referee_s judgment call, and when he makes the call, we don_t do instant replay. I don_t want this sport to have instant replay. And I don_t want anyone to shed a tear for me. I have done plenty of things in the ring in the heat of the moment, and if one goes against me, that_s fair play in my opinion."
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