At the UFC Fight Night 95 post-fight press conference held after the big event in Brasilia, Brazil on Saturday night, UFC Heavyweight contender Roy “Big Country” Nelson spoke about his post-match actions at the show.
After TKO’ing Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the second round of their main card bout on Saturday (video highlights here), Nelson kicked referee “Big” John McCarthy.
As Nelson explained at the post-fight presser, he was frustrated that he was forced to hit Bigfoot more times than necessary due to what he considered a late stoppage from “Big” John.
“I’m friends with ‘Bigfoot,’ he has a family, you know? I don’t need to keep punching him in his face. And it’s not one of those like where If I it him so hard and he fell flat on his face that I could have walked away like Mark Hunt. But he fell on his back. I felt like I was giving ‘Bigfoot’ extra damage where he doesn’t actually have to get hit that much. It was more of a push. Like, ‘Dude, come one.’ We had a conversation in the cage about and I told him, ‘He was knocked out.’ And he said, ‘No he wasn’t.’ I know what a knockout is. I knock people out, that’s what I do for a living. For me, it was just one of those, I didn’t want to hurt him more than I had to. It’s like a cop beating the shit out of somebody. It’s like, ‘Dude, enough’s enough.’ It hurt my feelings. I apologized to ‘Big John,’ but I wouldn’t take it back. It just hurt me that I had to keep on hitting a guy that didn’t need to be hit.”
H/T to MMAMania.com for transcribing the above Roy Nelson quote from the UFN 95 post-presser.