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Caio Magalhaes suspended for spitting blood following loss to Josh Samman

UFC middleweight Caio Magalhaes has had his license temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) pending a hearing into allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct during his last fight with Josh Samman at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 Finale on July 12, 2015, from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Magalhaes, 9-2, had his four fight winning streak snapped by Samman when the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt tapped out to a rear-naked choke just 2:52 into the opening frame. A clearly frustrated Magalhaes refused to shake Samman's hand after the fight and instant replays showed he sprayed a mist of blood from his mouth during the incident.

Christopher Eccles, Nevada's deputy Attorney General, appeared before the NSAC yesterday (Aug. 13, 2015) to ask for a temporary suspension of Magalhaes' license pending the next hearing for the commission on Sept. 14, 2015.

Eccles stated that the blood was spit on referee "Big" John McCarthy and Samman after the fight had already concluded.

"It's on that basis that we have an unsportsmanlike complaint here," he said.

For his part, Samman says he didn't realize he had been spit on until he watched the instant replays.

The commission has requested that McCarthy be available on the phone for the hearing to provide testimony.

According to NSAC statutes, grounds for refusal to issue a license, suspension, revocation and other disciplining of contestants and other participants may be permitted if a person:

Is guilty of an act or conduct that is detrimental to a contest or exhibition of unarmed combat, including, but not limited to, any foul or unsportsmanlike conduct in connection with a contest or exhibition of unarmed combat;

Complaints of unsportsmanlike conduct are fairly uncommon for the NSAC, although the Thursday hearing actually resulted in the temporary suspension of three athletes. Jake Shields and Rousimar Palhares will also await possible punishment for an incident at World Series of Fighting 22.

Perhaps the most memorable incident of unsportsmanlike conduct occurred May 10, 2010 at UFC 113 in Quebec, when Paul Daley sucker punched Josh Koscheck after the bout had concluded. Daley later apologized for the incident and was suspended 30 days by the Quebec Athletic Commission, but the bigger punishment came from Dana White who promised he would never fight in the UFC again.

He has kept his word on that front.

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