Many thought the knee delivered to Chael Sonnen by Anderson Silva at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II was illegal. Sonnen informed UFC Tonight during a recent interview that he felt like the knee did strike him in the face, despite numerous replays showing what looked to be a knee to the chest.
“The knee hit me in the face, and yes you can’t hit the knee to the face, but it is the referee’s call and there is no replay,” Sonnen said. “I don’t want that to change. I have done things in the Octagon at the spur of the moment also. The referee didn’t say anything, so it’s fair game. The knee landed where the knee landed, the result is the same and I don’t dispute the results.”
Sonnen was believed to be thinking about appealing the loss, but he has cleared up that he won’t, saying, “I would never appeal a loss. The referee’s decision is final.”
Silva finished off Sonnen with several punches, earning his second career victory over Sonnen.