Roy Nelson will be judged for his post-fight actions in Brazil.
"Big Country" stopped Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 24, and kicked referee "Big" John McCarthy right after the bout. He was upset that the referee didn’t stop the contest immediately after "Bigfoot" was knocked down.
According to the STJDMMA document sent to MMA Fighting on Thursday, Nelson was notified on Wednesday and issued a 90-day temporary suspension retroactive to Sept. 29. The Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) has accepted a complaint filed by one of its attorneys following the event.
The long-time UFC heavyweight could be charged for assaulting the referee (up to $30,000 fine, and six-month to two-year suspension) and unethical behavior (up to $10,000 fine, and 30-day to six-month suspension).
The attorney suggests a 14-month suspension and $18,500 fine, but it’s still up to the president of STJDMMA to evaluate the case. Nelson has seven business days to present his defense, STJDMMA explained.
At the post-fight press conference, Nelson explained why he kicked the referee.
"I didn't want to hurt ‘Bigfoot' more than I had to," Nelson said in Brasilia. "And I got taken by the moment, because it's like I'm beating the sh*t out of somebody and you're like, dude, enough is enough. And for me, it hurt my feelings. And I apologize to Big John, but I wouldn't take it back. It just hurt me, that I've got to keep on hitting a guy that doesn't need to be hit."
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