UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson has been suspended and fined following UFC Fight Night Brasilia where he kicked veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy.
Nelson was suspended nine months and fined $24,000 by the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) according to MMAFighting.com.
The incident stemmed from a fight in September, which Nelson won, after TKOing out his friend Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. #RoyNelson claims he was upset that McCarthy did not stop the fight sooner.
"I didn't want to hurt ‘Bigfoot' more than I had to," Nelson said during the post fight presser. "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.
The maximum penalty, according to the STJDMMA, for an incident like this would be a 25-month suspension and $40,000 fine. Perhaps Nelson should be thankful the court showed mercy.
In addition to a sizable reduction in punishment, the STJDMMA is also offering Nelson the chance to reduce the punishment to a six-month suspension and $13,700 fine if the UFC allows him to formally apologize to McCarthy inside the Octagon or during a press conference before Dec. 31.
The suspension is retroactive to September 24, so he will be eligible to fight again June 24.