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NAC pushes again on proposed Igor Severino punishment for UFC chunk, cites ‘unbelievably harmful’ precedent

April 30, 2024 2:45 pm ET All signs have pointed toward punishment for Igor Severino since biting his opponent during his UFC debut, but the terms remain up in the air. The Nevada Athletic Commission voted against an adjudication agreement proposed and presented by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office during a monthly commission meeting Tuesday

NAC pushes again on proposed Igor Severino punishment for UFC chunk, cites ‘unbelievably harmful’ precedent


All indicators have pointed towards punishment for Igor Severino since biting his opponent throughout his UFC debut, however the phrases stay up within the air.

The Nevada Athletic Fee voted towards an adjudication settlement proposed and introduced by the Nevada Lawyer Normal’s Workplace throughout a month-to-month fee assembly Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Deputy lawyer normal Matthew Feeley revealed a settlement settlement had been reached between his workplace and Severino’s workforce for him to serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the March 23 foul and pay $3,314.08, equal to 30 % of his $10,000 present cash with authorized charges.

“There’s little or no precedent on the subject of individuals biting one another within the ring,” Feeley stated. “… (Tyson vs. Holyfield) was a bit extra extreme. That one really took pores and skin off the physique. This one I don’t even suppose brought about blood. Loads of consideration went into the incident, and that is clearly one thing that may’t be tolerated.”

Commissioner Anthony Marnell expressed considerations on the length of the suspension and stated it set a harmful precedent going ahead. The matter was tabled for the following fee assembly on Could 31 because the fee intends to elongate the suspension to a yr.

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“I suppose my concern is that if we approve this, we set a precedent at six months for this sort of habits after which it’s in our document, and that’s sort of how we now have to roll going ahead,” Marnell stated. “I’m not in favor of the six months. What the UFC does is what the UFC does. That’s the promotion’s situation. He can get picked up by Bellator. But when we are saying, ‘Now you possibly can chunk anyone within the ring and solely get six months off, which is mainly nothing … it’s like a fighter solely has two fights a yr anyway. He doesn’t miss something. There’s zero penalty right here, aside from three grand.”

“… The larger situation is the precedent we set going ahead. If it occurs once more, you’re caught at six months. That’s unbelievably harmful for this fee. That’s my opinion. You guys can all vote the way you need.”

Severino’s illustration tried to affix the assembly by way of teleconference however entered after the agenda merchandise had handed and had been denied from commenting.

Severino, 21, was instantly launched from the promotion after he chomped the left tricep of Andre Lima at UFC on ESPN 53 on the UFC Apex. The battle had been aggressive up till the purpose of the foul, for which Severino was disqualified by referee Chris Tognoni.

Within the week following the incident, Severino apologized profusely throughout an interview with MMA Junkie. He stated he didn’t perceive why he bit Lima and didn’t bear in mind doing it, a psychological lapse he hypothesized might’ve been to a strike absorbed earlier within the battle.

Severino accepted duty for the foul. Emotional, Severino additionally revealed he and his household had been threatened on-line following the incident. Severino expressed hope that he is not going to be outlined by one second and that the UFC would sometime give him a second shot.

Following the incident, Lima publicly defended Severino and made gentle of the state of affairs by tattooing the chunk mark on his arm. The 2 recently appeared in-person together on a Portuguese-language podcast.

Make sure you go to the MMA Junkie Instagram web page and YouTube channel to debate this and extra content material with followers of combined martial arts.

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