Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva (left) watches as Chael Sonnen falls to the ground during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Look who's staying in the news.
While one of Chael Sonnen's coaches, Neil Melanson, thinks he's going to call it a career, his other, Scott McQuarry, believes Sonnen deserves a rematch due to the actions of Anderson Silva during the UFC 148 main event.
McQuarry has been Sonnen's head coach for quite some time, but was temporarily replaced by Melanson after suffering a minor stroke during Sonnen's UFC 148 training camp. Despite the health issues, he was still in Sonnen's corner this past Saturday night (July 7, 2012) when Sonnen was defeated by "The Spider" via second round TKO.
McQuarry initially planned to appeal Sonnen's loss to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but has now changed his mind. Instead, the coach tells Bleacher Report he's calling on the people, Sonnen's fans, and anyone else that felt "The Gangster from West Lynn, Oregon" was not given a fair fight by Silva to demand a rematch.
"[The fans] need to call the UFC. We need a rematch. Chael is a great champion and deserves a fair fight."
Silva definitely bent and broke a few rules, but does Sonnen even have a case here?
Silva definitely didn't play nice during fight week. He got in Sonnen's face at the pre-fight press conference and at the weigh-ins, the UFC middleweight champion cracked Sonnen in the jaw with a shoulder strike during their staredown.
Before the fight started, Silva wiped some of his face's vaseline on his body before referee Yves Lavigne halted the start of the bout and wiped him down with a towel.
Silva also blatantly grabbed Sonnen's shorts for a good 15 seconds which allowed him to keep the American in range for a pair of right hands.
Lastly, while the knee Silva threw to a downed Sonnen was legal, having landed square on the challenger's chest, "The Spider" was also caught on tape grabbing the fence while throwing the strike, perhaps giving him better balance or leverage.
That being said, Silva had all the momentum in round two after stuffing Sonnen's first two takedowns. He was outstriking Sonnen on the feet and he forced the challenger to make a horrible technical decision with the ill-advised spinning back elbow attack.
McQuarry wants to keep a closer eye on Silva if another bout ever actually transpires:
"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."
If you take away all the sketchy things Silva did leading up to, right before and during the fight, would it have actually made a difference?
Should Chael Sonnen be granted a rematch due to Anderson Silva's alleged 'illegal tactics?'
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