Well the report was indeed correct, as we reported earlier that Sonnen's camp was planning to appeal his UFC 148 loss to Anderson Silva, but it turns out, Sonnen's coach Scott McQuarry has decided to back off the planned appeal, mainly because he was advised that he would most certainly lose the appeal.
According to an interview with bleacherreport.com with Sonnen's coach Scott McQuarry, after deciding with going through with the appeal application, he contacted NSAC's commissioner Keith Kizer to find out how to proceed, Kizer explained to him that the appeal would almost certainly be denied.
McQuarry is now hoping the fans will rise up and petition and badger the UFC president Dana White into setting up the rematch.
McQuarry told bleacherreport.com:
"Chael's not the kind of guy who likes to complain after a fight, I felt I needed to take this action to protect him. At the point of impact, Anderson had his hand locked in the cage and his feet left the ground. We believe his intentions were clear.
We started the process of filing a complaint with the Nevada Athletic Commission. We believe the knee that Anderson Silva threw was illegal with the clear intent to strike the face. And it did in fact connect with the face. Chael bit his tongue and needed eight stitches." Sonnen's head trainer Scott McQuarry said.
In light of Kizer's advice and info, McQuarry has now changed his approach:
"What I'm going to do is change my tactic, We're going to ask for a rematch. We deserve a rematch. If the only way Anderson Silva can win is by cheating, we need to keep a closer eye on Silva before and during a fight. And we need a rematch now. Legal knee or illegal knee, there's enough doubt with all the fouls to warrant a rematch." McQuarry said.
I just don't see the fans rising up for this, the end of the fight was very conclusive. What McQuarry see's and what the fan's, media and commission see's are appear to be quite opposite.
In the picture below, you can clearly see Anderson's feet on the ground and his hand is indeed against the fence, but not locked in as McQuarry claims. Really the fight was lost when Sonnen decided to throw an incredibly telegraphed and poorly executed spinning back fist.
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