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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

The incident stemmed from a fight in September, which Nelson won, after TKOing out his friend Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. 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.


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