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Brazilian court kick-starts investigation into Roy Nelson’s altercation with referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Nelson vs Silva Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

You know what they say about crime and time. If you do the former, you can also expect to do the latter.

That’s the not-so-unique situation Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight power-puncher Roy Nelson finds himself in, thanks to an investigation from Brazil’s Superior Justice Court of Sport, which often works in conjunction with Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA).

You’re supposed to kick your opponent, not the referee.

“Even though CABMMA understands Roy Nelson’s ‘frustration’ in that situation due to his close relationship with his opponent, that does not justify his act and can open a serious and dangerous precedent in the sport,” CABMMA spokesperson Cristiano Sampan told “We, as the regulation body of MMA in Brazil and member of the Association of Boxing Commissions, will not tolerate such conduct.”

Nelson could face a fine and disciplinary suspension; however, the investigation has not yet started and “Big Country” may get a big break.

It would be his second of the month, previously breaking good buddy Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 mixed martial arts (MMA) event last weekend in Brasilia, Brazil (video replay here).

Expect more on Nelson’s drama in the coming days...

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