Posted by scoozna
Good thread...BSB and lohman make great points.
It has made me rethink my earlier statement and revise it - i don't much care about a one-off shorts grab, but repeatedly doing it should result in rule-enforcement by the refs...no doubt about it, just like Manak said.
Regarding Kizer, i think i side with BSB a bit here. He may be guessing at Silva's intentions, he may be inferring, assuming, divining, however you want to characterize it - but as a commissioner of an AC he has a responsibility to send the message to the fighters that he's watching you and is prepared to penalize your actions (in a regulatory way) if you've said, and proven, that you're willing to break the rules. That message is intended to get him to stop doing it in the future so no action is necessary, and no rules are broken. That should be his position - stop it before it happens.
If Kizer isn't exactly the right person to send that message, i dunno who would be.
Scoozna has hit the nail on the head for my comments. Kizer's job is to protect fighters going forward. If you add up everything, the "greasing," the fence grabbing, and the knee that has everyone questioning intent, it's not a message that ANY Athletic Commission wants to send.
I don't care where you sit on these issues. I don't care if you think they are a big deal or not. It's not Kizer's job to care about that. It's his job to assess the situation and figure out if this is something he wants in his state. He's decided that this fight had too many questionable things happen and does not want to ever see it again.
When Athletic Commissions are going broke and are being ran by individuals being investigated/indicted, Kizer is just saying too much crap happened in one fight. Regardless of how people choose to explain it, view it, analyze it, or assume whose intentions were what, the fact that all of this is coming out isn't good.
I'm not calling Anderson a cheater or dishonorable, etc..I am just asking you guys to stop ripping Kizer and see where he's coming from.
Aside from that, this isn't exactly the first time Anderson has had someone pissed at him following a title fight. He seems to have a knack for doing what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants it. I can't think of any other champ who has now had two people say that they won't be sad if he doesn't fight [insert venue/card placement here].